Palliative Care

Palliative Care

If you or a loved one has a serious illness, the pain and stress may be overwhelming. The Palliative Care team at Mary Greeley Medical Center offers options and help for both patients and their families.

Male Palliative Care Patient

Palliative care helps improve a patients'
quality of life and is just one more way
that Mary Greeley Medical Center is
putting patients first.

Benefits of Palliative Care

The goal of the Palliative Care Program at Mary Greeley Medical Center is simple: Improve the quality of life for patients and their families. We focus on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress that often accompany serious, debilitating illness, or suffering from symptoms that are difficult to control. Unlike hospice care, patients who need palliative care may not have a terminal diagnosis. It can help anyone, at any age, and at any stage of illness.

A patient suffering from a debilitating illness qualifies for the program, as does a patient who frequently finds themselves in the hospital. Anyone whose illness causes symptoms that are difficult to control may benefit from the program. Palliative care may be an option for patients who need help navigating the healthcare system.

Examples of illnesses that may benefit from palliative care include, but are not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Emphysema/COPD
  • Heart disease/heart failure
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Kidney/liver failure
Female Palliative Care Patient

For more information on our Palliative
Care Program, please e-mail
palliativecare@mgmc.com or call the
Palliative Care Referral Hotline at
515-956-2896.

The Mary Greeley Medical Center Palliative Care Team

A team approach is central to palliative care. A core team includes a hospice and palliative care certified physician, an advanced practice nurse (ARNP), a social worker, a chaplain, and additional specialists. Working with your regular doctor, the palliative care team offers support, explains treatment, and assists you in navigating the health care system.

This team spends as much time as necessary with the patient and their family. They support the patient and their family by controlling the patient’s symptoms, and by helping everyone understand treatment options and goals.

Learn More About Palliative Care

You may have more questions about how palliative care can help you or a loved one. Mary Greeley Medical Center is here to help. For more information, please call the Palliative Care Referral Hotline at 515-956-2896.

Read more about palliative care in our health library.

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