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PAH Expands Inpatient Palliative Care

Palliative-Care-Team-at-PAHPennsylvania Hospital’s newly expanded Inpatient Palliative Care Team is up now and running! The Team provides specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses with the goal of improving quality of life for both patients and their families. The Team focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of their serious illness – whatever the diagnosis.

Additionally, team members are available to support patients and their families, and work with other medical professionals to discuss patient prognosis, goals of medical care and the best ways available to achieve those goals. Members work together with all of a patient's doctors and caregivers to provide an extra layer of support at any age and any stage in a serious illness. 

Inpatient Palliative Care Team members:

Mindi Roeser, MD
Monique Neault, RN, MSN, CRNP
Clara Granda-Cameron, RN, MSN, CNRP 
Stephanie Chando, MSW, LSW
Catherine Forlastro, MA, BCC
Jeremy Souder, MD
David Mintzer, MD

Palliative care consultation does not require a patient to be “hospice ready.” In fact studies have shown early involvement with palliative care results in improved quality of life, better communications of patient wishes and increased satisfaction of care. Palliative care is also done in conjunction with curative treatment to help alleviate physical, psychosocial and spiritual distress of chronic life-limiting illness and its treatment.

Patients who can benefit from palliative the most often suffer from a serious chronic life-limiting illness and frequent hospitalizations, such as but not limited to, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), dementia, recurrent infections and cancer.

Common reasons for palliative care consultation include:

  • A patient recently received news about his or her prognosis and needs to talk about it.
  • A patient has social, spiritual, or psychological stress that is compromising his or her care.
  • There are concerns that a patient’s end-of-life wishes or needs are not being sufficiently met.
  • Physical symptoms which are difficult to manage or control.

For questions, concerns and referrals, you can reach the Palliative Care Team by calling 215.678-6291.

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