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Palliative Consult Services

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses, such as cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and many more. The overall goal of palliative care is to improve the patient’s and the family’s quality of life while ill.

Palliative care is for people of any age, and at any stage in an illness, whether that illness is curable, chronic or life-threatening.

Summa’s Palliative Care and Hospice Services team works together in the hospital to create an individualized plan of care to meet the patient’s needs. Care is provided by a group of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other providers who work with a patient’s own doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative Consult Services are available in five hospitals, and the team sees more than 3,000 patients annually. Areas of focus inside the hospital include emergency rooms, critical care areas and medical and surgical floors.

While the patient receives all other appropriate treatments, our palliative team provides:

  • Expert management of pain and other symptoms
  • Help navigating the healthcare system
  • Guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices
  • Emotional and spiritual support for the patient and his or her family

Palliative care teams also work closely to support caregivers, who face tremendous challenges caring for their loved ones while trying to balance a work/life schedule that may include many personal and family obligations. Our teams can help caregivers search for community support resources and provide counseling to help ease the burden.

This approach to palliative care helps us to effectively address the emotional, social and spiritual issues many patients and families face, and to provide them with the highest quality of life possible before, during and after treatment.

For more information call (330) 379-8000 or request an appointment with one of our specialists.