Helping to bridge the gap between hospital and home, the Eskenazi Health Palliative Care program helps coordinate complex medical care for patients with serious, life-threatening illnesses. With the goal of improving quality of life for both patients and families, the trained Palliative Care staff focuses on providing relief from symptoms, pain and stress as patients face the physical and psychological challenges associated with their illness.
Eskenazi Health’s innovative hospital-based palliative care program is provided by a diverse team of caregivers, including a physician, nurse, social worker and spiritual adviser, all of whom work with a patient’s other health care providers to contribute an extra layer of support. Whatever the diagnosis, patients receive services to fulfill their unique needs, with a holistic, comprehensive and compassionate approach to care.
The most commonly treated patients in the Palliative Care program include:
- People with pain or other unrelieved symptoms related to cancer or cancer-related treatment
- Individuals with AIDS, ALS, COPD or heart failure
- Elderly people with advanced dementia or other life-threatening illnesses
- Patients with nutritional problems caused by a progressive disease
- Patients and families with psychological or spiritual distress related to a life-threatening disease
People who experience the following symptoms are good candidates for the Palliative Care program:
- Uncontrolled pain
- Uncertainty about prognosis
- Recurrent admissions
- Concerns about how the disease is affecting them and their loved ones socially, financially and spiritually
Created in 1999, Eskenazi Health’s Palliative Care program has been widely recognized for its innovative programs and outstanding service, receiving such accolades as the National Association of Public Hospitals’ Jim Wright Vulnerable Populations Award, the American Hospital Association’s Circle of Life Award and the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes Award.