Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Palliative Care is dedicated to serving patients at any stage of serious illness with the best combination of expertise and compassion, providing symptom relief during treatment and helping maintain the greatest possible quality of life for the patient and family.
Palliative care is a specialty dedicated to serving patients living with serious illnesses. Our caring team supports patients and their families with a goal of improving quality of life and providing relief from distressing symptoms. We work with the primary team and specialists to coordinate a plan of care based upon your goals, committed to open communication and helping to navigate the healthcare system. Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of illness and can be provided together with curative treatment. Our knowledgeable team can provide guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices.
Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Palliative Care is provided on the inpatient units at Saratoga Hospital by a skilled, board-certified physician and a board-certified nurse practitioner. Saratoga Hospital Medical Group - Outpatient Palliative Care is provided at Saratoga Hospital Medical Offices - Wesley by a physician who is board-certified and a Certified Hospice Medical Director. These dedicated professionals are highly committed to their patients, providing personalized, compassionate care. They work closely with a patient’s hospitalist, primary care provider, and physician specialist. The Palliative Care providers work alongside a team of Hospital and community professionals, including care managers, social workers, pastoral care providers, nurses and others.
Your hospitalist can help you best determine if our inpatient palliative care services are right for you. Outpatient palliative care may be referred by hospitalist, primary care providers, and specialists. Patients are also welcome to self-refer. Outpatient care provides the same services as inpatient care with the addition of home visits, depending on patient eligibility.
To speak with a provider from Palliative Care Services, please request a consult from your inpatient hospital physician. For outpatient services, please consult with your primary care provider, other specialist, or call the outpatient office directly.
“Palliative Care is humbling work that I am passionate about. This is care that views the person as a whole and the consequences of living with serious illnesses. I do my best to advocate for my patients through their hospitalization, helping them understand all treatment options and the complexities of medical decision-making. My role is about living as well as we can, as long as we can.”
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Our palliative care team will monitor the patient’s condition, continuing the coordination of treatment with primary team and other specialists, as well as providing relief from symptoms, including pain, shortness of breath, nausea relief and any other distressing symptoms. The Palliative Care team will help you and your family every step of the way, not only by controlling your symptoms, but also by helping you to understand your treatment options and goals.
For patients unable to travel to the office, our outpatient palliative care physician may conduct home visits. Eligibility for home visits depends on the patient's mobility, level of illness severity, and access to transportation.
Our caring team will help pull together the resources our patients need for psychological, social, emotional and spiritual support, with internal referrals and community resources for the patient as well as the patient’s family.
Our compassionate, experienced team provides guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices. Fully dedicated to the patient’s wishes, the team works collaboratively with the family and the patient’s treatment team on a plan for maintaining the best possible quality of life for the patient. In addition, our team will help patients navigate the healthcare system.