Palliative Care 

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Welcome Palliative Care


Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious or life-threatening illness from the time of diagnosis and throughout the course of illness.

At the University of Texas Medical Branch, we believe that our primary focus is patient-centered care with dignity.  We seek to enhance patient care primarily by focusing on quality of life and alleviating suffering and symptom burden, especially since caring for those with advanced illness, including the dying, are essential aspects of our mission and values.

UTMB Palliative Medicine Consult Service functions as a consultation service to provide ongoing consultations, support, and education to hospital professionals to improve the care of patients with advanced stages of illness, as well as their loved ones.  We seek to provide symptom management and relief from suffering, enhance communication about illness and death, and increase the quality of living for patients and their families.  The team will help make recommendations for the coordination of care where needed and assist the primary healthcare team, patients, and families in the delivery of safe, excellent, compassionate, and seamless care throughout the continuum of treatment.

DEFINITION: 
Palliative care is:

  • Appropriate when prognosis is limited and the focus of care is the quality of life.
  • Beneficial when provided over time to patients based on their needs, along with other treatments that align with patient’s goals of care.
  • Offered in all care settings and by various organizations, such as physician practices, health systems, cancer centers, dialysis units, home health agencies, hospices, and long-term care providers.
  • Focused on what is most important to the patient, family, and caregivers, assessing their goals and preferences and determining how best to achieve them.
  • Interdisciplinary to attend to the holistic care needs of the patient and their identified family and caregivers.

    Palliative Care at UTMB attends to the physical, functional, psychological, practical, and spiritual consequences of a serious illness.  It is a person- and family-centered approach to care, providing people living with serious illness relief from the symptoms and stress of an illness.

Palliative care is a collaborative approach to care. Our team works closely with the patient's entire health care team to provide an additional layer of support and care.

Our team consists of a medical director and consultant physician, advance practice registered nurses (NP/CNS), a spiritual health provider and a licensed clinical social worker. We focus on providing the patient with relief from pain, stress and symptoms from their illness. The care is provided simultaneously with other medical treatments and is appropriate at any age and at any stage during a serious illness.

The Palliative Care Team provides patients and families with:

  • Guidance with difficult and complex treatment decisions
  • Expert pain management and treatment plans for symptom relief
  • Assistance navigating the complex health care system
  • Emotional and spiritual support

Locations

  • Victory Lakes Town Center - Palliative Medicine

    2660 Gulf Freeway South
    League City, TX 77573

    Phone: 832.505.2100

    Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm
  • Primary Care Pavilion (PCP) - Palliative Medicine

    400 Harborside Dr., Ste. 100
    Galveston, TX 77555-1188

    Phone:409.772.3373

    Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm