SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Compassus program serving Springfield and the surrounding areas today announced the addition of a Palliative Care consultation program to its services, which also includes hospice.
Palliative Care consultations provide specialized medical care for people of any age during any stage of serious or chronic illness. It is provided together with curative treatment and focuses on relieving the symptoms and stress of the illness.
“The goal of a Palliative Care consultation is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family,” said Amy Winburn, executive director of Compassus – Springfield. “We coordinate and communicate closely with the patients’ care providers.”
“We work closely with the patient’s primary physician to understand the patient’s medical diagnosis and prognosis and to align the treatment goals with the patient’s values and preferences,” said Kevin Watt, DO, medical director of Compassus –Springfield. “Palliative Care specialists do not replace the patient’s doctor; rather, we partner with the patient, his or her family and other healthcare providers to control symptoms and help patients understand their treatment options so that they can formulate their goals.”
Palliative Care consultations also focus on management of symptoms such as pain or shortness of breath. It can help patients gain the strength to carry on with daily activities and improve their ability to tolerate medical treatments.
These consultations occur in the community wherever the patient calls home, including their home, a long-term care facility or an assisted living facility. Palliative Care may be provided in addition to home health services. Palliative Care consultations are covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies. To learn more about Palliative Care visit www.getpalliativecare.org.
For more information about the Palliative Care program or other Compassus – Springfield services, call (417)882-0453 or visit compassus.com/springfield.