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Palliative Care

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is for patients and families who are faced with life-limiting illness. Our services can begin any time during an illness, including when treatment is aimed at cure. The goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve suffering and promote quality of life. Palliative care focuses on the whole person: body, mind and spirit.

Our services

We are dedicated to excellence in palliative care for all patients who may be suffering from a serious progressive illness, such as:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Dementia

Our team consists of two board certified palliative care physicians and nurse practitioners who work with your attending physicians. We also work closely with nurses, case coordinators and social workers to improve coordination and quality of care.

Our goals

Assist with decisions and care planning

  • Exploring patient goals and wishes
  • Clarifying treatment options
  • Conducting family meetings
  • Assisting with completion of advance directives
  • Providing information and support for safe discharge

Reduce physical symptoms

  • Pain
  • Breathing problems
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Sleep problems
  • Constipation/diarrhea

Address psychosocial and spiritual symptoms

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression and hopelessness
  • Grief and isolation

Frequently asked questions

How do I get palliative care?

Ask for it! Start by talking to your doctor or nurse.

Does my insurance pay for palliative care?

Medicare, Medicaid and most insurances pay for this service in the hospital.

What can I expect from palliative care?

You can expect relief of symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. Palliative care helps you preserve dignity in your daily life and better tolerate medical treatment. Our team allows you time to understand your condition and support your choices about medical care.

Palliative care consultations are provided to patients by physician order.
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about palliative care at CAMC, contact:
Deborah J. Cotes, DO, Medical Director – (304) 388-4657
Gina Diddle, FNP – (304) 388-7916