New Palliative Care Program

Friday, February 12, 2016

New Palliative Care Program Now Accepting New Patients

Beloit Health System is pleased to announce that their new Beloit Regional Palliative Care Program is now accepting patients.

“Palliative care is an important part of maintaining quality of life for those struggling with life limiting illness and we are proud to be able to bring this level of care to our community,” said Tim McKevett, President and CEO, Beloit Health System.

Director Natasha Weberg said, “This program is directed to patients in the community as well as those in the hospital suffering from life limiting diseases related to cardiac, respiratory, and or cancer. Palliative care supports quality of life in all stages of a serious illness, not just at the end of life. Palliative care can begin as soon as diagnosis and patients are still able to seek a cure during care.”

This program is the first of its kind in the Stateline community, and will provide an extra layer of care to individuals suffering with a serious illness or chronic condition. Since the program went live on January 25th, eight patients have already been referred.

So, What Exactly is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering.

  • Palliative care can begin as soon as the day of diagnosis of a chronic condition.
  • Palliative care improves the quality of life in patients with serious illnesses by relieving symptoms, pain, anxiety, and stress.
  • Palliative care is a team approach, and includes a variety of medical and support services including home visits from a nurse practitioner, social worker and/or a chaplain, and weekly check-in calls from a registered nurse.  It also includes 24/7 on-call telephone triage service from one of our registered nurses.  The palliative care team can also help coordinate a patient’s care with their primary physician.
  • Palliative care is provided in addition to other treatments.

Available whether the patient is in the hospital, at home or in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility.

Palliative care is often covered by insurance and government programs, and may be available to you or a loved one at no cost.  Beloit Regional Palliative Care Program will care for anyone who needs services, regardless of their ability to pay, through the generous contributions of community donors. 

In Palliative care, aggressive measures for control of pain and other distressing symptoms are taken, and the patient can continue to receive all curative treatment, such as chemotherapy, cardiac infusions or rehab, experimental treatments, etc.

For more information or to schedule a free consult to see if you or a loved one is eligible for palliative care services please call Beloit Regional at 608-363-7421.

If your community group, church or organization would be interested in an educational presentation explaining palliative care in more detail you are urged to contact Beloit Regional Hospice Outreach and Diversity Liaison, Taleesha Pinson, at 608-363-7249.

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