Palliative Care

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​Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stresses of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care works with a patient’s primary medical team to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided together with curative treatment.

The Christ Hospital Health Network’s Palliative Care Consultation Service includes doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and pharmacists who are specially trained to meet the complex needs of patients who are hospitalized with serious illnesses like cancer, cardiac disease, lung disease, kidney failure, dementia, and more. The palliative care team provides expert management of symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, and depression. The team also offers emotional and spiritual care and helps patients and families have more control over their care by improving their understanding of choices for treatment.

The Christ Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Palliative Care, a symbol of quality that recognizes organizations that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care in order to optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses. The Christ Hospital Palliative Care Service is the first program to earn this distinction in the region.

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