FMC Palliative Care

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Comfort and Support

 

FMC Palliative Care focuses on improving the quality of life for patients living with serious illnesses.

The focus is on:

  • Relieving physical pain and symptoms

  • Helping with difficult decision making

  • Providing emotional support

Understanding Palliative Care and Hospice

     

Palliative Care

  • Greater than 6 months prognosis

  • Undergoing Curative Treatment

  • Any stage of disease

  • May be accessing skilled long term care days

  • Services:

    • Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants

    • Physicians

Hospice

  • Less than 6 months prognosis

  • Excludes curative treatment

  • Increases quality of life

  • Pain and symptom management

  • Caregiver support

  • Emotional and Spiritual Support

  • Services:

    • Hospice Team

    • RNs, LVNs, Home Health Aides, Spiritual Caregivers, Social Workers, Volunteers

    • Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants

  • Pharmacy

  • Medical Equipment

  • 24-hour support

Benefits of Palliative Care:

 

  • Helping prevent repeated hospital stays and ER visits

  • Helping patients understand their illness and care options

  • Educating about medications, diet, and lifestyle changes

  • Making the patient comfortable by alleviating anxiety, physical pain, and symptoms

  • Supporting coordinated care in partnership with the patient’s physician

  • Considering all needs, medical, physical, emotional, and spiritual

  • Reducing family stress

  • Bringing comfort and peace

  • Alleviating suffering

FMC Palliative Care can help at any stage of illness, even for patients seeking curative treatment.

 

Diagnoses include (but are not limited to):

  • Cancer

  • Congestive heart failure

  • COPD

  • ALS

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Kidney failure

 

Patients may also be experiencing:

  • Complex pain

  • Other challenging symptoms

  • Difficulty coping with advanced illness

  • Diminishing benefits from current therapies

  • Increasing burden of care and treatment

  • Increasing signs of stress and anxiety

FMC Palliative Care is homebased care and visits patients and their families wherever they are:  private homes or facilities such as assisted living and nursing homes.

Current Providers:

  • Dr. Randy Stewart, MD

  • Nurse Practitioners:

    • Brandy Caple​

    • Cindy Coffelt

    • Tonya Fields

  • Physician's Assistant:

    • Alicia Balderas​

Contact Information:

  • Office Number - 806.350.7717

  • Fax Number - 806.576.2734