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“Caring with Comfort and Dignity for Improved Quality of Life”
Palliative care is a medical specialty that helps patients and their families facing a serious illness, providing expert assistance during a difficult time. Should you find yourself in this situation, Good Samaritan offers guidance and emotional support to help you make complex medical decisions and coordinates care and treatment with doctors at any stage of your illness. An experienced team will help manage symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue, depression and anxiety following your wishes throughout the process.
Palliative care—which is not hospice care—can be initiated from diagnosis to advanced disease and is often given alongside a curative treatment plan. Hospice services are limited to those patients with a life-limiting illness, nearing the end of life, when curative treatment is no longer sought. The goal of palliative care is to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of any serious illness. It is appropriate at any age and at any point in your illness. The hospital’s specially trained staff are here to help you physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Palliative Care Consultation Team
Pedro Calves, MD, FACP, FCCP : Medical Director Eileen Roberto RN BS CHPN Administrative Director Saeed Bajwa, MD Lori Finkel, MS, APN-BC, ACHPN Veronica Hojnacki RN BS CHPN Cindy Saraceno RN CHPN Nancy Gandolfo RN CHPN
Good Samaritan’s Team of Experts:
Board certified physicians Certified nurse practitioners Certified registered nurses Social workers Spiritual counselors Child life specialists Registered dietitians Physical and occupational therapists Home care nurses Home health aides
Family meetings are scheduled to encourage open communication between the health care team and patients and families.
Acute Palliative Care Unit
Acute symptom management 24/7 visiting hours Daily rounds by the team Family room for visitors Scheduled family meetings Specially trained staff
The diagnosis of a serious illness is a major life-changing event. Upon hearing the diagnosis, a patient, as well as loved ones, may be thrown into a whirlwind of emotions ranging from fear or anger to denial and overwhelming sadness. It is difficult enough to deal with the physical challenges of illness and treatment, but the emotional impact can be an even greater burden. Patients and loved ones need a “safe place” where they can share these feelings with other people who truly understand. Support groups are designed to provide a confidential atmosphere where patients can discuss any stress with others experiencing a similar situation.
These services are offered on an outpatient basis at the Outpatient Palliative Care Center, located at both 15 Park Avenue in Bay Shore and 200 Belle Terre Road in Port Jefferson. Providing palliative care in the outpatient setting allows the team to address varied needs of patients and families earlier in the illness. The specialized interdisciplinary team approach helps to improve quality of life by managing symptoms, coordinating care and providing emotional and spiritual support.
For further information or to make an appointment, please call (631) 617-5250.
The New York Health Care Proxy Law allows you to appoint someone you trust—for example, a family member or close friend—to make health care decisions for you, should you be unable to make your own decisions. By appointing a health care agent, you can ensure health care providers follow your wishes. Your agent can also decide how your wishes apply, as your medical condition changes. Hospitals, doctors and other health care providers must follow your agent’s decisions as if they were your own. You may give the person you select as your health care agent as little or as much authority as you want. You may allow your agent to make all health care decisions or only certain ones. You may also give your agent instructions that he or she has to follow. This form can also be used to document your wishes or instructions with regard to organ and/or tissue donation. Click http://www.health.state.ny.us/forms/doh-1430.pdf. Good Samaritan’s trained staff is available to assist you in completing a health care proxy or answer any questions regarding advance directives.
“What can I say? Thank you for saving my life and giving me hope for the future.”
“Thank you for all your support and kindness? I was so scared, and you helped me through.”
“I want to thank all of you for the comfort and care you gave my mom. Your words helped me so much.”
“Thank you for your unique expertise and for your care, concern and compassion. You provided the perspective, medical information, clarity and direction for us all. We will always remember how expertly you blended knowledge and empathy.”
“When we entered Good Samaritan Hospital with Mom, we had no idea what was ahead of us. We found out quickly that the palliative care team was made up of a special group of people.”
“Thank you for your love, support and kind comforting words…also for the phone call. You always made me feel better and peaceful after we talked.”
“Thank you so much for your kindness, care and expert advice.”
“The support we received while in your care was amazing. You answered all our questions honestly and were there for us.”
“Love my quilt!”
For more information on palliative care services at Good Samaritan, call (631) 376-4444.