The Palliative Care and Symptom Management Services Program
The Palliative Care and Home Hospice Program at Northwestern Medicine is one of the pioneer programs in the country. Starting with a home hospice program in 1986 and adding a Palliative Care Consultation service in 1993, the service now sees patients across the Northwestern Medicine continuum of care.
Palliative care helps you manage the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of an acute or complex illness. We tailor our services to your needs and provide support to loved ones who have a critical role in your health and well-being.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care aims to improve your quality of life by relieving the symptoms associated with serious illness. It can begin at any stage of a life-altering illness—at the time of diagnosis is best—to help you live with your illness, manage side effects of aggressive, curative treatment and find ways to handle the day-to-day challenges. Palliative care can help shift the medical approach from crisis intervention to crisis prevention; for example, good symptom management can help avoid an unwanted hospitalization. Read our frequently asked questions
The main components of the program include:
The inpatient consult service consists of an attending, rotating palliative care or oncology fellows, residents, and students. We see patients throughout Northwestern Medicine. We are happy to assist in the evaluation and management of any or all of the following issues:
Palliative Care Unit
The PCU team consists of an attending physician, a nurse practitioner, and sometimes a palliative care fellow and medical student. If there are beds available, the goals of care are focused on symptom management, and the transfer is deemed appropriate by the consult service or PCU team, patients can be transferred from anywhere in Feinberg or Prentice. Indications for PCU transfer include:
Call the Palliative Care Consult Team 1-312-926-0001 to discuss any patient you feel may benefit from the PCU.
NMH Home Hospice Program
The Home Hospice Program will help care for patients within Cook County, either at home or in another facility. To inquire about eligibility or to set up services for a patient, call 312-926-4600 to discuss the case with one of our nurse liaisons.
Interested in learning more about Palliative Care?
We would love to have your join us for an afternoon, a day, or a week. Call Eytan Szmuilowicz, MD, or Boye Ogunseitan, MD, and we can help tailor an experience that will meet your needs.
The Peri-operative Service grew out of a general internal medicine clinic in October 2003, with original members Drs. Peter Kallas and Anjali Desai, and Mary Murray, PA. The service expanded and merged with the Division in September 2008. Currently,there are 4 physicians and 1 PA who spend 100% of their time on peri-op, with two additional physicians that split time between peri-op and the other services in the Division. We anticipate further growth in this area.
Patients are referred to the pre-operative outpatient clinic by primary care physicians and surgicalspecialists for evaluation of risk prior to surgery. These patients may have multiple clinic visits prior totheir procedure for medication titration and cardiac testing as necessary. The physician that saw thepatient in the clinic will then make an effort to follow the patient in the hospital after surgery. The perioperativeservices also receives new consults from the surgical services.
Please contact the Director of Peri-Operative Services, Pete Kallas, MD, or Assistant Director, Anjali Desai, MD for more information.
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