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Hospice provides care when it's needed most
Providing Hospice Services allows us to care for our patients and their families through some of their most difficult times, often in end-oflife situations.

The Center for Cancer Care works collaboratively with St. Luke's Hospice Program to provide a Medicare-certified, interdisciplinary program for patients with life-limiting illnesses. Currently, about 60% of those admitted to the Hospice program have a cancer diagnosis. With a focus of improving the quality of life for the patient and family members, our staff can provide care in a variety of environments including the patient's home or an extended care facility.

Our multifaceted team includes physicians, hospice-trained nurses, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains, physical, occupational, and speech therapists and hospice-trained volunteers. All have a mission of providing direct patient care, education, supportive counseling, therapies and supplies necessary to manage pain and other distressing symptoms. Additionally, we are able to address the special needs of patients with an advanced cancer diagnosis.

Our patients and their families tell us this service is invaluable as it goes beyond traditional physical and medical treatment plans. It focuses on the emotional and spiritual needs of the patient at a time when it's needed the most.

"Assisting with pain and symptom management is actually only a small part of what we do," says Lisa Heisserer, administrator for the Hospice Program. "The Hospice staff is literally a phone call away when patients or family members are scared, anxious or just need some reassurance. We know the circumstances surrounding our care and we do everything within our power and capabilities to make sure the patient and their family is cared for at the highest level possible."

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