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Palliative Care

“Caring with comfort and dignity for improved quality of life”

Palliative Care is a medical specialty that helps patients and their families facing serious illness, providing expert assistance during a difficult time.

The Palliative Care Program at St. Charles Hospital offers guidance and emotional support to better understand complex medical information and personal choices for medical care. An experienced team helps to manage symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue, depression and anxiety, supporting patients and families wishes throughout the process. 


Palliative care is often confused with hospice care.  Palliative care can help at any stage of a serious illness.  Palliative care can be initiated from diagnosis to advanced disease and is often given alongside a curative treatment plan. Hospice care is a type of palliative care meant specifically for those approaching the last stages of life, when curative treatment is no longer sought.


The goal of Palliative Care is to support the patient and their loved ones, alleviate suffering and improve quality of life.

Our team of palliative care experts includes:

 Board Certified Physicians
Certified Nurse Practitioners
Certified Palliative Care Nurses
Chaplains & Volunteer Clergy
Pastoral Care Volunteers
Spiritual Care Companions
Registered Dietitians
Social Workers
Child Life Specialist
Physical and Occupational Therapists

 

St. Charles Hospital Palliative Care Team Members

Pedro Calves, MD, FACP, FCCP, Senior Associate Medical Director, CHS Palliative Care
Eileen Roberto, RN, BS, CHPN, Administrative Director, CHS Palliative Care
Richard M Balter, MD
Laura Healy RN, NE-BC, CHPN, Nursing Care Coordinator
Susan M. Puckey, LCSW, Social Worker
Sr. Edith Menegus, OSU, Director, Pastoral Care

Features of the Palliative Care Program

Pain and Symptom Management
Family Meetings
Support  Services
Palliative Care Outpatient Center
Advance Directives
Testimonials

Palliative Care Brochure (English)
Palliaitve Care Brochure (Spanish)

Physician Bios

For more information about the Palliative Care Program at St. Charles Hospital, please call (631) 474-6797.