PennsylvaniaHospital’s newly expanded Inpatient Palliative Care Team is up now and running!The Team provides specialized medical care for peoplewith serious illnesses with the goal of improving quality of life for bothpatients and their families. The Team focuses on providing patients with relieffrom the symptoms, pain and stress of their serious illness – whatever thediagnosis.
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 palliativecare results in improved quality of life, better communications of patientwishes and increased satisfaction of care. Palliative care is also done inconjunction with curative treatment to help alleviate physical, psychosocialand spiritual distress of chronic life-limiting illness and its treatment.
Patients who can benefit from palliative the most often sufferfrom a serious chronic life-limiting illness and frequent hospitalizations, suchas but not limited to, congestiveheart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), dementia, recurrent infections and cancer.
Commonreasons for palliative care consultation include:
- A patient recentlyreceived news about his or her prognosis and needs to talk about it.
- A patient hassocial, spiritual, or psychological stress that is compromising his or hercare.
- There are concernsthat a patient’s end-of-life wishes or needs are not being sufficiently met.
- Physical symptomswhich are difficult to manage or control.
For questions, concerns and referrals, you can reach the Palliative CareTeam by calling 215.678-6291.