About This Specialty
Palliative Care is a medical specialty focused on caring for people with serious illnesses. It is appropriate for patients undergoing treatment for curable illnesses, those living with chronic diseases and patients who are nearing the end of life. The goals of palliative care are to provide relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of serious illness, as well as improve the quality of life for patients and families.
Our specialists work with other disciplines, including pharmacists, nurses, chaplains, social workers, psychologists and other health professionals to determine a plan of care that addresses the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of each patient.
Some of the conditions we treat include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Cardiac disease, such as congestive heart failure
- Parkinson’s disease
- Pulmonary conditions, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)