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Ridgeview offers palliative care services to patients dealing with serious (life-limiting or potentially life-limiting) medical problems. This "extra layer of support" focuses on relieving suffering and improving the quality of life, concurrent with life-prolonging treatments. Our palliative care team will develop a plan of care for the whole person and familymind, body and spiritand sees patients and their families in both the clinic and hospital settings.

Palliative care services include:

  • Symptom management
  • Emotional and/or spiritual support for patients and their loved ones
  • Guidance through difficult medical decisions

Palliative care services are often provided to patients with the following medical conditions (but not limited to):

  • Cancer
  • Chronic lung disease (COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, etc.)
  • Congestive heart failure or other serious heart conditions
  • Renal (kidney) failure
  • Liver failure
  • Neurodegenerative (dementia, ALS, Parkinson’s)
  • Stroke
  • HIV/AIDS

Ridgeview’s Palliative Care Team

Ridgeview’s palliative care team works with each patient to meet his/her individual needs, providing:

  • Complex symptom management (i.e., pain, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, poor appetite)
  • Emotional and/or spiritual support for the patient and their loved ones
  • Decisional support such as discussing “goals of care” and future decisions, including the completion of a Health Care Directive

Our multi-disciplinary palliative care team includes a specially-trained palliative care physician, an advanced practice registered nurse and a spiritual health professional (chaplain).

When to Consider Palliative Care

Referrals for palliative care services are made by the patient's physician or hospitalist when there is a serious illness (life-limiting or potentially life-limiting) and an unmet need relating to a patient's symptom management, support or decision making.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance coverage for palliative care varies by plan. Please contact your insurance provider and ask about palliative care coverage.

Contact the team

952-442-6003

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