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Palliative Care Optimizes Quality of Life for Patients
St. Luke's Palliative Care Team is dedicated to providing family- and patient-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering. The specially-trained team includes a physician, nurse, social worker and chaplain.

Palliative Care Helps:
  • Those who have been diagnosed with a chronic disease or serious illness
  • Integrate psychological, spiritual and social support for patients and families
  • Incorporate patient's goals of care across the continuum, providing coordination between inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Enhance patient well-being by relieving suffering through symptom control and other measures to enhance quality of life
  • Maximize use of community resources to support the family
  • Use appropriate resources that support patient and family goals
The benefits go beyond just providing a service. New studies suggest certain cancer patients who receive this patient-centered care upon diagnosis live longer, healthier and happier lives. So, for us, palliative care is much more than a standard of care. It is a reflection of our mission to provide a substantial difference in the quality of life for our patients.

"We care deeply about our patients," says Peggy Kurlandski, nurse coordinator. "We are passionate about addressing our patients' physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs. We strive to facilitate patient autonomy, access to information and choice."

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