Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people facing a life-threatening illness through prevention and relief of suffering. The goal is to improve the quality of life of the person and their family. This is accomplished by early identification, assessment, and treatment of pain and other problems related to their physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs. It is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.

Goals of Palliative Care

  • Help clients with serious illnesses feel better
  • Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
  • Offers support system to help patients live as actively as possible
  • Offer a diverse array of assistance and care
  • Offers support system to help family cope during patients illness
  • Uses team approach to address needs of patients and families
  • Enhances quality of life may also positively influence course of illness
  • Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
  • Focus on providing comfort and relief

Note: Palliative care services are subject to insurance acceptance.

Contact Us

Patrick Reynolds

Patrick T. Reynolds, MD
Palliative Care, Hematology & Oncology
Memorial Hospital West

Marcos Rejtman

Marcos Rejtman, DO
Palliative Care, Hematology & Oncology
Memorial Regional Hospital