Our Palliative Care Program focuses on treating and caring for patients and families living with a serious, life-limiting illness. Our focus is on managing and treating symptoms, helping patients and their families cope with their illness, and connecting them with other community resources so that they can have the best possible quality of life during their illness.
Whatever the illness or prognosis, palliative care can be provided along with usual medical care. Our providers work in collaboration with the patient’s other doctors while respecting the goals and wishes of patients and their families.
"Patients with serious illness and their families are often in distress, struggling to cope with both the complexity of their illness and with navigating the health care system,” said Richard C. Stephenson, MD, medical director, Palliative Care Program. “They need access to symptom management, reliable information about their diagnosis and prognosis, assistance with decision making, and connection to community resources so that they can live as well as possible with their medical condition. That’s what palliative care is all about.”