Palliative Care Services at Unity Hospital
Palliative care is designed to help patients and their families deal with the numerous challenges brought on by serious illness. It can be helpful to patients who are having a difficult time managing their symptoms and can help improve their quality of life. Unity Hospital’s Palliative Care Services are focused on caring for the whole patient: we help to ease the pain and stress of the patient’s body, mind, and spirit.
When is palliative care appropriate?
Unlike hospice, palliative care can be delivered at any stage of an illness and alongside conventional treatments that are meant to cure the patient. Palliative care is appropriate for patients of any age and at any point during an illness— whatever the diagnosis or prognosis may be. Many of our patients are affected by advanced diseases, from cancer and heart disease to lung and kidney disease to neurological illnesses.
The benefits of palliative care
Our palliative care providers can:
• Help control the patient’s pain and other symptoms, such as breathlessness, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and depression
• Assist with tough medical decisions by clarifying choices, providing emotional support, and coordinating the recommendations of specialists
• Assist in arranging for services after the patient’s discharge to maximize their independence, dignity, and quality of life
• Identify whether hospice care is an appropriate option
The Palliative Care core team members are:
Michelle Carpenter, M.D.
Aaron Olden, M.D., M.S.
Cheryl Williams, M.D., Ph.D.
Bridget Wohlers, N.P.
Jeannie Glanville, Social Work
Jeanne Marie Jongen, Chaplain
Marla Rodas, R.N.
Karin Cole, L.M.T.
Sue Bulmahn, Administrator
Click here to read our brochure, or call 585-723-7870 to schedule a consultation.
The mission of the Palliative Care team at Unity Hospital is to make a positive difference in the health and well-being of patients and families with serious and/or life-limiting illness by providing compassionate care of the body, mind, and spirit.