Palliative care focuses on improving the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-threatening illness. It is an interdisciplinary team approach to alleviate physical, emotional and spiritual suffering, at any stage of illness.
Palliative Care does not replace your primary treatment. It can occur at the same time as all other treatments for your illness and does not depend upon the course of your disease. The goal is to prevent and ease suffering.
Improving Quality of Life
The Northwestern Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Team strives to provide the best patient and family experience by preserving dignity and enhancing quality of life of those facing life-limiting illnesses. The program and staff achieve this by addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families with an interdisciplinary team of dedicated professionals.
Working closely with the patient's primary physicians and hospital specialists, our team of physicians, nurses, social workers, pastoral counselors, and other healthcare professionals focus on relieving pain and other distressing symptoms of patients with acute or chronic illnesses.
A Team Approach
Palliative care is provided by a team of specialists that include:
- Board-certified physicians
- Nurse practitioners
- Social worker
- Physician fellows
To learn more about the Palliative Care Program or to schedule an initial appointment, call 312-926-0001.