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Palliative Care

Living Better with a Challenging Illness

Palliative care at NVRH addresses the medical, emotional, social, spiritual, and comfort needs of patients dealing with a serious and challenging illness. The purpose of palliative care is to support our patients’ goals while addressing the symptoms and stresses of their illness.

Palliative care is a relatively new medical specialty and often confused with hospice care. Although both are patient-centered and offer a number of “wrap-around” services for patients and family members, palliative care patients may continue to receive curative medical treatments (for example, chemotherapy) as part of their palliative care.


Palliative care at NVRH provides:

  • Coordination of care with your healthcare providers, including your primary care physician

  • Support for family members and caregivers

  • Pain and symptom management

  • The opportunity to discuss your personal goals and wishes during your treatment, and reassess those goals if your plans change

  • Patient-centered decision making about treatment and care

  • Referrals for complementary therapies such as massage, reiki, meditation, guided imagery

  • Connections to resources in the community that may be helpful to you and your family

How it Works at NVRH

First the patient, physician, or family member will make a referral to the Palliative Care Team. Then the hospitalist, care managers, or Community Connections staff will complete a palliative care assessment. After a palliative care consult is scheduled, a plan of care is outlined. The Palliative Care Team will continue to meet with the patient and caregiver on a regular basis to evaluate, assess, implement, and alter the plan of care as the patient’s desires and needs dictate.


The Bloch Building
1080 Hospital Drive, Suite #5
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819


Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – Noon


Phone number: 802-748-7390

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital

PO Box 905
1315 Hospital Drive
St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819

802-748-8141  |  TTY/TTD, Dial 711

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