Peninsula Regional Medical Center - Part of Peninusula Regional Health System


Palliative Care Program


Palliative Care Program
If you are dealing with a serious illness, Coastal Hospice and Peninsula Regional Medical Center have a special program to make you more comfortable right now. It's called palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv).

It is special care that focuses on comfort and quality of life that can be a source of strength for you and your family. Palliative care provides successful treatment of physical, emotional or spiritual pain as well as other discomforts such as nausea, shortness of breath, and anxiety.

Palliative care is not the same as hospice care.
Hospice care is meant for people in the final months of life. Non-hospice palliative care, on the other hand, is available to you at any time during your illness. Unlike hospice, you can also receive palliative care at the same time as curative treatments.

Here's what you can expect from palliative care
The palliative care team can offer you:

  • Relief from symptoms including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, numbness and problems with sleep
  • A willing, helpful listener as you sort through the challenges your diagnosis presents

Begin palliative care early
Palliative care can occur at the same time as all other treatments for your illness. It does not depend upon your prognosis. Pain and other symptoms affect your quality of life, and the stress can have a big impact on your family. The palliative care team can help.

Your insurance will cover palliative care
Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative care services.

Getting palliative care is easy  Just ask for it
Palliative care consults are available for any patient of Peninsula Regional Medical Center. The outpatient palliative care program currently sees patients on Monday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute in the Oncology Clinic.

To schedule an appointment or if you have questions about the program, please contact Administrative Assistant Chelsye Birch at (410) 912-2888 or
chelsye.birch@peninsula.org.