Hospice & Palliative Care at St. Joseph Health Medical Group

At St. Joseph Health Medical Group, we want to achieve the best quality of life for patients suffering from long-term illness, providing comfort to manage pain and symptoms. Our services begin upon diagnosis and continue for as long as a patient needs support for their condition. We provide comprehensive care to patients and their families by helping them cope with chronic illness and the bereavement process. From advance care planning to pain relief support, our team of compassionate providers are devoted to caring for the patient’s mind, body and spirit.

Palliative care is provided by a specially trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.

Hospice care is also focused on providing comfort to patients, but care begins after patients no longer have curative treatment options.

FAQs

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is medical care to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for patients with serious and/or life-threatening illness. This is accomplished with advanced symptom management facilitated by a team of experts. Palliative medicine isn’t just limited to end-of-life care and is provided at the same time as other appropriate medical treatment. Unlike hospice, palliative care is available to any patient, not just patients with a limited life expectancy.Our clinicians treat symptoms as early as possible and enable people with a serious disease to live more comfortably. Patients referred to our palliative care team can continue curative treatments and receive aggressive treatment for their pain and other symptoms, along with increased physical and spiritual support.

Caring for the Mind, Body and Spirit

While your physician remains the leader of your medical team, our Palliative Care Team comprised of doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains will provide an additional resources to you and your family while you are an inpatient.

Our St. Joseph Health Medical Group palliative care team can help by:

  • Providing services that meet the special physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of you and your family.
  • Offering assistance to you and your family to identify goals of treatment.
  • Helping with aggressive management of pain and other symptoms.
  • Supporting family caregivers.
  • Simply listening and offering support.

Most patients suffering from illness want symptom management and some sense of control. Many times they want to spend time with their loved ones to remember good times and talk about important things. Pain and other symptoms may get in the way of allowing the patient to do this.

How is Palliative Care Different from End-of-Life Care?

infographic explaining differences between palliative and end-of-life care
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How Does Palliative Care Begin?

Your primary care physician may discuss palliative care with you. If you choose, your physician will make a referral to our Palliative Care Team. When your physician asks the Palliative Care Team to assist with your care, it is similar to a referral to any other specialist. You may also ask your physician for a palliative care consult. The team will respond promptly by reviewing your medical record and current plan of care. The team will assess both your needs as well as the needs of your family. The findings will determine the palliative plan of care, which will be recommended to you and your physician.

The following are some suggestions for you and your family as you discuss your goals of care with your physician:

  • Ask your doctor to explain your illness as well as past, current and future treatments and procedures.
  • Explain to your doctor what quality of life means to you. This list may include being able to spend time with loved ones, having pain and other distressing symptoms aggressively treated, the ability to make your own decisions for care and your preferred location of treatments (home vs. in the hospital).
  • Be sure your doctor is aware of any personal, religious or cultural beliefs, values or practices that are important to consider in your care and treatment decisions.

Our Providers

Our Provider

Douglas R. Wilson, MD
Douglas R. Wilson, MD
Hospice/Palliative Medicine
City:  Napa

Meet Our Program Director

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Our Locations

Napa - Palliative Care

Napa - Palliative Care

Address
1000 Trancas St.,
Napa, CA 94558