The Palliative Care Department at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center assists patients and families who are experiencing serious illness.
Palliative Care provides comprehensive management of the patient's care, paying careful attention to physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. Specializing in the relief of pain, symptoms, and stress of serious illness, palliative care is appropriate at any point during an illness and can be provided alongside curative treatment.
The goal of palliative care is to achieve the best possible quality of life through symptom control, the relief of suffering, and restoration of functional capacity. Palliative care helps patients gain the strength to carry on with daily life, improve their ability to tolerate medical treatments and help better understand their choices for care.