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Palliative Care Consult Team:

Julie Gerhardt, MD, FHM // Kristi Hays, BSN, CHPN // Michelle Shane, BSN, CHPN // Andrea Lantz, MSW, LSW

Ph: 812-450-3201
Hours: M-F 8am to 4:30pm

Palliative Care at Deaconess

At Deaconess we strive to provide our patients and families with appropriate care at all stages of their lives. Our palliative care program offers support and symptom management for patients and families dealing with chronic illness. We provide the support and guidance you and your family need to manage your illness. 

Our team includes:
  • Palliative Care Doctors
  • Palliative Care Consult Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Chaplains
  • Case Management
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with chronic illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a chronic illness—whatever the diagnosis.
 
The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a chronic illness, and it can be provided together with curative treatment.
 
Our team at Deaconess assists patients and families with symptom control and advanced care planning while you adjust  to your illness. 


How Can Palliative Care Help?

With palliative care, we try to relieve symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and fatigue that often limit your activities of daily life. Our palliative care team will help you understand your illness and the course it may take by educating you and your family about your illness. 
 
With better understanding, planning and symptom control, your quality of life will improve, and you will find it easier to get through medical treatments. Palliative care can help you take back control of your life. 
  • Palliative care treats the whole person by offering medical, emotional, spiritual and social support.
  • Palliative care makes patients feel better throughout their illness by treating pain and symptoms such as shortness of breath, loss of appetite, fatigue, constipation and difficulty sleeping.
  • Palliative care helps patients and families understand the illness and choices for care.
  • Palliative care offers guidance and support with difficult medical decisions.
  • Palliative care helps with communication with medical staff.
  • Palliative care eases transitions between health care settings.