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Palliative Care

 “Caring with Comfort and Dignity for Improved Quality of Life”

Palliative care is a medical specialty that helps patients and their families facing a serious illness, providing expert assistance during a difficult time. The Palliative Care Program at Good Samaritan Hospital, offers guidance and support to better understand complex medical information and personal choices for medical care at any stage of illness. An experienced team of specialists helps manage symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue, depression and anxiety, supporting both the patient and family wishes throughout the process.

Palliative care is often confused with hospice care. Hospice care is a type of palliative care specifically meant for those approaching the last stages of life, when curative treatment is no longer sought. Palliative care can help at any stage of serious illness. It can be initiated from the time of diagnosis to advanced disease and is often given alongside a curative treatment plan.

The goal of palliative care is to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of any serious illness. It is appropriate at any age and at any point in your illness. Good Samaritan Hospital’s specially trained staff is here to help you physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Palliative Care Consultation Team

Pedro Calves, MD, FACP, FCCP, Senior Associate Medical Director
Eileen Roberto, RN, BS, CHPN, Administrative Director
Gina Zarrilli, DO, FCCP, Palliative Physician Consultant
Cindy Saraceno, BSN, RN-BC, CHPN
Melissa Bishop, MSN, AGNP-C, OCM, CHPN
Kevin Stolz, Chaplain, MA, BCC

Our team of palliative care experts includes:
Board Certified Physicians
Board Certified Nurse Practitioners
Board Certified Registered Nurses                                                   
Social Workers
Spiritual Counselors
Child Life Specialists
Registered Dietitians
Physical and Occupational Therapists
Other Disciplines as Needed

Features of the Palliative Care Program