The mission of St. Luke's Palliative Care program is designed in harmony with the hospital's core values of dignity, compassion, excellence, stewardship and justice. Our purpose is to:
The St. Luke's Palliative Care team integrates treatment recommendations for controlling symptoms and alleviating pain for patients, as well as providing emotional and decision-making support at any stage of treatment. Patients undergoing palliative care receive services from a specially trained physician, nurse, social worker and chaplain. Our enhanced Palliative Care Services are available for patients with a variety of conditions including cancer, congestive heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, liver failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, or any other life-limiting illness.
Defining Palliative Care
Palliative care means to "decrease the severity of symptoms but not cure." Therefore, the focus for treating palliative care patients is to relieve suffering, including that of a physical, emotional and spiritual nature.
Palliative Care can begin at the time of diagnosis of a serious illness, and at the same time treatment is started.
Palliative care differs from hospice care in that hospice care serves terminally ill patients who are no longer seeking a cure or treatment for their disease. Palliative care serves patients with serious illness at any time in the disease process.
Goals of Care
St. Luke's Palliative Care team ensures the highest quality of life for the patients and families they serve by focusing on:
For further information about the Palliative Care program, contact the nurse coordinator at 636-685-7788.
About our Medical Director:
Jill Oberle, MD
Director of Palliative Care Services
As the director of Palliative Care Services, Dr. Oberle brings extensive experience in caring for patients who are coping with serious illnesses to improve their quality of life. She sees patients on both an inpatient or outpatient basis.
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