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Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a team approach to healthcare for the relief of suffering and improved quality of life for patients and families living with a major chronic disease for which there is no cure.  It is focused on providing resources to relieve symptoms, pain and stress - whatever the diagnosis.

Palliative Care is not Hospice Care:

People in palliative care may continue to receive treatment for their disease, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.  Some patients are in palliative care for years before they enter into end of life care.

Palliative care is proven to reduce the number of emergency room visits and inpatient hospitalizations.

Why Palliative Care?

The goal of the Palliative Care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and family. Palliative care at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital uses a team approach - including nurses, social workers, pharmacists, chaplaincy and rehab specialists - working with the patient’s physician to provide extra support for living a quality life. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.

Recommendations will reflect the patient’s goals, and might include:

  • Medical:  Nutrition counseling, smoking cessation, cardiac rehabilitation, exercise or home health services.
  • Nursing:  Daily weights, home safety devices, hygiene, wound care and energy conservation.
  • Pharmacy:  Suggestions regarding your prescribed and over the counter medications.
  • Rehabilitation:  Respiratory aides, walkers, strengthening exercises.
  • Psychosocial:  Family events, pets, community services.
  • Spiritual:  Practices that serve your interior life, such as prayer, ritual and worship.

What Does the Palliative Care Team Do?

The Palliative Care Team provides consultation and facilitates access to services to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of patients with serious or chronic illnesses. Recommendations are unique to each patient and incorporate the patient's goals, hopes, spiritual beliefs, and values in a plan to help patients cope with illness and improve their lives.  Families are encouraged to become part of the treatment process.

How to Access the Palliative Care Team:

A referral can be made to the Palliative Care Team by any of the patient’s caregivers.  To learn more about Palliative Care, please call one of the following staff members:

  • Chaplain Gary Blaine:  316.321.5193
  • Ann-Michelle Sherman, Director of Medical/Surgical/Skilled Care:  316.321.8730
  • Nicole Rogers, Director of Social Work:  316.321.5210
720 W. Central El Dorado KS 67042.  (316) 321-3300