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July 25, 2017
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Amy L. Courtoies, MSW - (518) 770-7577 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Palliative Care"Supportive Care and Symptom Relief"

Palliative Care is a holistic and patient-centered approach to treating patients with serious illness. Palliative Care promotes dignity, supports informed decision-making, and ensures that patient and family wishes are identified and respected.

What is Palliative Care
Palliative Care is a recognized medical specialty which is designed to create a collaborative, holistic plan that:

  • Includes the patient, the family and/or caregivers, and the involved providers.
  • Addresses the medical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of a patient and family.
  • Provides an opportunity to discuss, review and document wishes in regards to future healthcare and life sustaining treatment decisions.

Palliative Care is designed to be offered in conjunction with curative treatment, ideally at the diagnosis of a chronic or life-limiting illness as a supportive means to ensure quality of life for both the patient and the family. When appropriate a transition to a plan for Hospice or Comfort Care can and will be supported.

Patients who may benefit from this support include those who:

  • Have chronic, progressive or complex medical conditions (COPD, CHF, Cancer, Renal Insufficiency).
  • Have pain or troubling symptoms that are not well controlled.
  • Have experienced multiple visits to the emergency room or re-admissions to the hospital for the same issues.
  • Are experiencing psychosocial, spiritual or caregiver distress.
  • Are seeking support and assistance with decision-making and treatment goals.

At St. Mary’s Healthcare it is our mission to ensure patients and families have access to this support throughout our healthcare system. For more information on how you or your loved one can begin discussions on how to integrate Palliative Care into your care plan you may:

  • Speak with your primary care provider about how Palliative Care might benefit you or your loved one.
  • Speak with your specialty care provider about ways Palliative Care may benefit your treatment plan.
  • Inquire about a Palliative Care consult during an inpatient admission to begin exploring ways that this model of care might benefit you.

Will my insurance pay for Palliative Care
Palliative Care is a recognized medical specialty and services are covered by most private health insurance as well as Medicare and Medicaid. If you are interested in Palliative care for yourself or your loved one, please ask your doctor for a referral. We work with your physician and other specialists to help ensure that your care is individualized to meet your special needs.

Palliative Care Brochure

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For more information download our brochure

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Health Care Proxy Form

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Emergency

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  Mental Health Hotline
(518) 842-9111
  Addiction Crisis Services
(518) 842-9111
Please remember that dialing 911 from your phone will allow trained operators to connect you directly and immediately with assistance that is appropriate to your situation.

Emergency

  Emergency Department
(518) 841-7237
  Urgent Care
(518) 841-3600
Amsterdam
(518) 773-7710
Gloversville
(518) 770-7818
St. Johnsville
  Mental Health Hotline
(518) 842-9111
  Addiction Crisis Services
(518) 842-9111
Please remember that dialing 911 from your phone will allow trained operators to connect you directly and immediately with assistance that is appropriate to your situation.

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    Make an impact immediately
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    Become a part of our community
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