HSHS St. Mary's Hospital is pleased to offer a Palliative Care Program that can help:

  • Those with serious, chronic, or life-limiting illness that are having difficulty with symptom management.

  • Those with life-altering health events.

  • Those experiencing many hospital admissions.

  • Those with changing care goals.

Some of the ways that Palliative Care can meet your needs include:

  • Treatment of your unique symptom management needs, including but not limited to: 

    • Pain, nausea, constipation, trouble sleeping, anxiety, depression, confusion, and shortness of breath.

  • Focusing on improving your quality of life and reducing hospitalizations.

  • Helping to make health care decisions and set personal goals.

  • Helping with communication among the patient, family members, and staff about treatment goals.

  • Discussing advance directive planning and code status.

  • Providing comfort and support during a life altering illness or injury.

  • Listening and support for your caregivers.

  • Addressing spiritual and emotional needs of patients and families.

  • Assisting with the plan after you leave the hospital.

Palliative Care Team


The Palliative Care Team, a team of health care professionals, works with the patient and the patient’s primary care provider to establish a plan of care based on the patient’s wishes and resources available. The patient and family are always a part of the care planning process. We work closely with other Palliative Care services in the community should you need this once you leave the hospital.

The team may include your health care provider, palliative care advanced practice nurses, case managers, pharmacy, child life services, counseling, massage therapy and pastoral care.

Please let your health care provider know if you are interested in a Palliative Care referral.