Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses that focuses on reducing symptoms, pain and stress--whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both patient and family. Such care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists who work with the patient's doctors. Palliative care is an extra layer of support whereby the team can offer information and guidance for complex medical decisions. It is appropriate at any age or stage in a serious illness and can be provided with curative treatment.
Palliative care specialists treat people suffering from serious and chronic illnesses, including cancer, cardiac disease such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and many more. Read more about how palliative care can work with different disease types.
Our Palliative Care Program provides a team approach to:
- Expert pain and symptom management
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Family support
- Care coordination between members of the health care team
- Advance care planning
- Community support
Palliative Care Team
Parampal Bhullar, MD
Aye Aung, MD
Peggy Brazell, MSN, NP
Stephanie Strnad, RN, MA (Bioethics)
Jefferey Cameron, LISW-CP
Jennifer Dill, M DIV, BCC
Our team specializes in palliative care for adults only. If you have a minor child who may be a candidate for palliative care, learn more about our pediatric palliative care services.
Is Palliative Care Right for You?
Remember, you can receive palliative care at any point during your illness. Take this quiz to determine if you, or someone close to you, would benefit from palliative care. Carefully consider your quiz result along with the below services offered by our palliative care team to make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.
- Assist medical team and patient/family with communication about treatment choices and healthcare decisions
- Provide pain and other symptom assessment and management (dyspnea, delirium, constipation, nausea)
- Assist with symptom management and relief of suffering
- Provide support and counseling regarding health care options during family meetings
- Facilitate discussion about goals of care, treatment options, and patient and family wishes
- Help the patient and family understand the prognosis and rationale for treatment plan
- Enhance teamwork and communication by assisting family with regular updates on patient condition and progress
- Facilitate discussion about advanced directives
- Decrease unnecessary ICU admissions and stays
- Improve end-of-life care by reducing unnecessary medication, tests, and procedures as comfort measures increase
Palliative care referrals can be made by physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, case managers, or at the request of the patient and family. When a referral is requested, the palliative care team will meet with the patient and family to discuss needs and options.
To find out more about palliative care services at GHS, call (864) 455-3287. If you are interested in career opportunities within palliative care visit the GHS careers site.