Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics

For Patients and Families

The goal of palliative care is to keep patients comfortable when a cure is not available and to provide support and comfort to patients and their families. Our palliative care team meets this goal by integrating the hospital consult (inpatient) services with clinic and home-based (outpatient) services. The palliative care team supports the attending physician and other health care providers. They do not replace the patient’s established health care team.

The palliative care team:

 

  • Provides around-the-clock consultations 365 days a year
  • Sees the patient within 24 hours of the consultation request
  • Meets with the patient’s family shortly after the consultation request to identify their needs
  • Makes referrals for the patient or family to other appropriate members of the palliative care team, including a psychologist, pharmacist, wound care nurse, spiritual counselor, or social worker
  • Sees the patient daily during hospitalization
  • Discusses the ongoing plan of care upon discharge with hospice, the home care provider, or a nursing home
  • Provides services for patients who are not yet hospitalized or those who were recently hospitalized
  • Performs a comprehensive evaluation
  • Develops a treatment plan that may include dealing with symptoms such as pain, nausea, anorexia, and anxiety
  • Helps patients and their families plan for home care, nursing homes, or hospice while coping with psychological and spiritual concerns
  • A follow-up program for patients who are still alive
  • A bereavement program for families of patients who have died
  • A family support program for families of critically ill patients
  • A program for health care providers who are grieving over patient deaths

“Dad passed away around 4:30 this morning at home surrounded by his family comfortably and peacefully thanks to your overwhelming kindness and compassionate care.”

Family member

“On behalf of our family, I would like to extend our gratitude and sincere appreciation for the wonderful care of our loved one.”

Family member

To contact us, please call 412-692-4834 or visit our contact information resource page.

 

  • Advanced Heart Disease Center: 412-647-6000 (UPMC Presbyterian)
  • Cancer Pain and Supportive Care Clinic: 412-692-4724 (UPMC Hillman Cancer Center)
  • Cancer Pain and Supportive Care Clinic: 412-641-4530 (Magee-Womens Cancer Center)
  • Cancer Pain and Supportive Care Clinic: 412-641-5411 (Magee-Womens Hospital Division of Gynecologic Oncology)
  • Supportive Care Clinic: 412-692-4200 (Benedum Geriatric Center)
  • Renal Supportive Care Clinic: 412-802-3043 (UPMC Kidney Clinic-Medical Arts Building)
  • Comprehensive Lung Center: 412-648-6161 (Falk Clinic)

Contact Us

Division of General Internal Medicine Academic Offices

UPMC Montefiore Hospital
Suite W933
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-692-4821

Patient/clinical inquires

412-692-4888

Administrative office

412-692-4889