Palliative Care Program
Williamson Medical Center’s palliative care program provides support and comfort to seriously ill patients and their families to improve the quality of life.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.
Why is palliative care important?
Palliative care is an extra layer of support intended to help patients and their families manage symptoms of the their current illness, such as nausea, pain, constipation and stress, and to help manage plans for the future by understanding what to expect. Palliative care does not replace any of the patient’s current physicians. The palliative care team at Williamson Medical Center includes social workers/case managers, pharmacists, chaplains, registered nurses and dietitians, physicians, and physician assistants.
Please talk to your doctor for more information about WMC’s palliative care program.