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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.

Services

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.

Providers
Location

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

Hours

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

Contact

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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