Here when you need us most Care, Comfort, Privacy. We're here
Margaret L. Campbell, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Michal Stellini,
It is never easy to learn that a loved one has a terminal illness or injury. But knowing that Detroit Receiving
Hospital has one of the first hospital-based palliative care services in the
country may help ease the burden.
Detroit Receiving's Palliative Care Service focuses on providing
comprehensive care to patients and their families, after the diagnosis of a
terminal illness or injury. Established specifically to help families facing end
of life issues, our palliative care program provides the additional comfort and
support during this transitional period.
Our palliative care service is staffed by nurse practitioners who work in
collaboration with staff physicians to ensure the best patient care. Our team
cares for patients on any unit, throughout the hospital, and can be reached any
time of the day or night.
We Focus on Our Patients and Their Families
We know this can be a time of uncertainty and discomfort for our patients.
The palliative care program works to provide the highest level of comfort and
care to our patients. The program focuses on patient symptom management to
minimize patient discomfort and suffering.
The program also emphasizes privacy for patients and their families. Patients
are moved into private rooms, allowing for more personal and uninterrupted
communication with family and friends.
We understand that end of life issues affect the entire family, so our team
also works to help families cope. Families of palliative care patients have
unrestricted visiting, including small children. We also interact with other
hospital departments, providing access to our spiritual care team and social
workers, to offer counseling as needed.
Detroit Receiving's Palliative Care Service can provide additional
assistance, referring patients and families to community resources and other
agencies, including hospice care, as necessary.
For more information on Detroit Receiving Hospital's Palliative Care Service,
please call 313-745-3271.