The Palliative Care program at White Plains Hospital offers specialized medical and emotional care to meet the many needs of seriously ill patients and their loved ones. There is focus on providing pain relief to patients as well as managing other symptoms including depression, shortness of breath, fatigue and others that accompany serious illness. Emphasis is also placed on addressing the emotional, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural needs and concerns of patients and loved ones.
Compassionate care is provided by a team that includes physicians who are board certified in palliative care plus specially trained nurses and nurse practitioners, social workers, case managers and others to ensure that the patient is as comfortable as possible during and after the hospital stay. Additionally, the team spends time communicating with patients, family and loved ones.
Palliative care is appropriate at any age and stage of illness, and can be provided along with curative treatment. Follow-up care and consultations will likely continue once the patient returns home or enters a different facility.