Palliative Care

At Mary Greeley Medical Center our Palliative Care program provides specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain and stress that serious illnesses can cause. The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life 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.

How is palliative care different from hospice care?

Palliative care is for anyone with a serious illness. You can receive it at any age and at any stage of an illness. Patients can seek palliative care while undergoing treatment for an illness. Palliative care is not dependent upon a patient’s prognosis, whereas hospice care is for terminally ill patients who may only have months to live.

How does palliative care help?

Palliative care is a team approach to care. A core team includes an advanced practice nurse (ARNP), a social worker, chaplain and other specialists that will work closely with your regular doctor.

This team spends as much time as necessary with the patient and their family. They support the patient and their family not only by controlling the patients’ symptoms, but also by helping everyone understand treatment options and goals. The team also provides help navigating the healthcare system and extra support for the patient and their family.

Female Palliative Care Patient

For more information on our Palliative
Care Program, please e-mail or call the
Palliative Care Referral Hotline at

Who qualifies for the palliative care program?

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

William R. Bliss Cancer Center

William R. Bliss Cancer Center

The William R. Bliss Cancer Center at Mary Greeley Medical Center offers patients in central Iowa the best cancer care available, close to home.

Heart Services

Heart Services

Our Heart Services team is led by board-certified cardiologists offering a range of care including interventional cardiology, diagnostic services, cardiac rehabilitation and much more.

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