Lawrence Hospital Center's Palliative Medicine Service involves comprehensive medical care for the patient and their family living with serious illness – at any stage, regardless of prognosis. Palliative care is interdisciplinary care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life by focusing on prevention and relief of suffering through detailed treatment of pain and other problems. Palliative care can be provided at the same time as treatment that is meant to cure.
The Palliative Medicine Service provides the following services:
- Relief of pain, discomfort and stress
- Help in making difficult medical decisions at every stage of illness
- Assitance in identifying care after discharge from the hospital
- Practical advice and information for both patient and family
- Support and counseling for concerns related to serious and/or chronic illness
- Long term planning while living with serious illness
- Working with patient’s doctor/s to maximize treatment and care options
The Medical Director of the program is Deborah Cappell, MD. Dr. Cappell is board certified in palliative care and critical care medicine and is also a member of the hospital's Critical Care Intensivist Team. She works alongside Nurse Practitioner Sue McHugh-Salera, MA, ACHPN, CCRN. The Palliative Medicine Service collaborates with other disciplines including, but not limited to, pastoral care, social work, rehabilitation specialists and volunteers.