The UMMC Difference
Palliative and supportive care at UMMC is provided by a specialized team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together to offer an extra layer of patient-centered and relationship-based care for people with advanced, serious illnesses. The team works closely with the patient and family to help them make wise choices, focus on what is important to them, and provide relief from suffering.
Our palliative care team helps guide hospitalized patients and their families through the confusion and fear that come with a serious illness. Caring staff, ranging from nurses to doctors from across many specialties, help patients and families review their options based on their own values, and see to it the choices they make are shared and respected.
Our multidisciplinary team works with the patient to understand symptoms and treatment options, how to manage them in an individual manner, and how to discuss their needs with the right care team. Each patient is unique, and so are his or her values and goals. Palliative care takes the first step in opening a path to communication, whether between a patient and spouse, family members or in the doctor-patient relationship.
Our team talks to – and listens to – patients and their families. It’s not just about telling patients what is the matter with them, but rather finding out what matters to them.
At UMMC, palliative care means “caring about, not just for” our patients.