Programs - Palliative Care - St. Elizabeth's Medical Center

Palliative Care At St. Elizabeth's Medical Center (SEMC)


Palliative Care

Good Shepherd Community Care provides the Palliative Care service at SEMC. Palliative Care in the hospital complements all of the other medical specialists who are caring for you. We add  a holistic, patient and family-centered approach for those facing the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual challenges of life-limiting conditions. Palliative care is appropriate at every stage of the disease process and is available to patients and their loved ones whether seeking aggressive treatment or not. Palliative care services enhance comfort and quality of life by managing symptoms and increasing patient choice and access to information.

The Partnership

Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Good Shepherd Community Care have partnered to provide palliative care consultative services to SEMC patients and families. Palliative care consults can support clinicians, patients, and families with complex symptom management, conversations about the nature/progression of illness, and discussions about options and goals of care.

The Program

The Palliative Care service at SEMC is provided by a certified Palliative Physician and Nurse Practitioners who are on-site at SEMC to offer a consistent presence and availability to patients, families, and clinicians, as well as provide community-based follow-up visits to those patients and families who need it. This model not only provides quality, patient-centered care that is structured to ease the transitions between the hospital and the community, but it can also reduce the length of hospital stays and the likelihood of re-hospitalization.