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Good Shepherd Community Care provides the in-patient palliative care service at Steward St. Elizabeth's Medical Center (SEMC) and Carney Hospitals. Our palliative care service at both hospitals is provided by a certified Palliative Physician and Nurse Practitioners who are on-site at each location 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.
Palliative Care in both hospitals complements other medical specialists using a holistic, patient and family-centered approach. Our consultative services enhance patients’ quality of life by helping to manage the challenges of serious illness (physical, emotional, social, and spiritual) and supporting patient choice and access to information. 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 for care and, is structured to ease transitions between the hospital the community often reducing the length of hospital stays and the likelihood of re-hospitalization.
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.
"Thank you for taking good care of our family. The nurses and social worker showed so much understanding and compassion while under your care. He passed away comfortably and peacefully at home." - Family member of a patient
"We all wish to express our sincere, heartfelt appreciation to you and all the staff involved in helping us be able to keep mom at home. Without the support and caring shown by all of you, we would not have been able to honor her wishes." -Family member of a patient
"Everyone treated our dad with kindness, knowledge and respect. And, most importantly, the help and advice were provided in a timely way, which made it possible for us to make intelligent decisions in difficult and painful circumstances." - Family member of a patient
"On behalf of our mother, we would like to thank you all so very much for all the love, support and expert help we received. Everyone we encountered was supportive to our family." - Family member of a patient
"Thank you for all you did for our father. You are all amazing and compassionate! We admire your commitment to all of those patients and families who you touch every day!" - Family member
"The Good Shepherd team helped my mom to live her best life. Everyone was so caring, compassionate and knowledgeable - it was a pleasure to work with them to help her through some difficult times. They were there every step of the way to answer questions, offer comfort and advice, and care for her physically, emotionally and spiritually." - Family member of a patient
"We never could have gotten through the last month without the incredible support, kind words and guidance from Good Shepherd. You made my mom’s end of life the best it could possibly have been." - Family member
"We are very grateful for the loving care you gave to our sister. The comfort and communication you also provided us was very appreciated. Your community is very impressive and we were so relieved that you were involved and loving to her in her final days." - Family member