What is Palliative CARE?
Palliative Care is specialized medical care for patients with a serious or chronic illness such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, liver disease, dementia and many more. The goal is to improve quality of life for both you and your loved ones. Palliative Care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and the stressors of your illness. Palliative Care can be provided along with curative treatment.
Who provides Palliative CARE?
Palliative Care is provided by a team of specialty-trained doctors, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, social workers and chaplains. This interdisciplinary team works together with other health care providers to provide person and family-centered care.
Meet Our Palliative CARE Team
- Hayley Craft, RN, MSN, Manager
- Karen Hartigan, RN, MSN, Palliative Care Coordinator
- Freddie Thronson, ARNP-C
- Kerri Riggs, LCSW, Social Worker
- Cortney Flores, Administrative Secretary
What is the difference between Hospice and Palliative CARE?
Palliative care and hospice are not the same. Palliative care is appropriate at any time during a person's serious illness. It can be provided at the same time the person is being treated for his or her disease.
Hospice provides care to people who have a terminal illness with a life expectancy of about six months or less and are no longer seeking life-prolonging treatment.
"The palliative care team was a God-send. They relieved my mother's distressing symptoms and spent so much time with my family explaining her care as well as comforting us. We are so grateful for this great team and service."
- Daughter of a patient who experienced the services from Sacred Heart's Palliative Care team