Palliative and Hospice Care Available

08/27/12

Winchester Hospital Offers Patients Palliative and Hospice Care

In collaboration with the Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston (HNSGB), Winchester Hospital will be offering palliative care and hospice programs to its patients.

“Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis,” said lead physician Alyssa Luddy, MD. “The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and his or her family.”

Palliative care is for patients and their families as they face either chronic conditions or life-limiting illnesses like Alzheimer’s, congestive heart failure or cancer, while hospice manages symptoms and enhances quality of life in the last months of a patient’s life. Both programs provide guidance on physical, psychosocial and spiritual issues.

“The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and his or her family by giving patients more control over their care through better understanding of their disease and treatment options,” Luddy said.

HNSGB will be providing consultation, education and support to patients, families and health care professionals to facilitate the comprehensive management of any patient with a chronic progressive, life-limiting illness.

“For our hospice patients, we believe that every person has the right to die with dignity and pain free,” Luddy said. “A personalized plan is created for each patient to address their unique needs and this ensures the highest level of compassionate care for patients and their families.” 

To learn more about Winchester Hospital’s palliative care or hospice program, call (781) 756-2629.

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first community hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, radiation oncology, gastroenterology, urology, gynecologic urology, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.