Palliative Care Program
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of illness – whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to provide an extra layer of support for patients and families facing difficult choices and to enhance the quality of remaining life. Unlike hospice care, palliative care is not limited by prognosis (hospice admission requires a life-limiting illness with a prognosis of 6 months or less) and does not require a decision to forego usual care for the terminal illness.
Palliative care is central to health care reform efforts. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that it increases the value of health care: increasing quality while lowering costs. The results benefit for patients, families, clinicians, hospitals and health care systems.
In 2014, the TGH Foundation raised funds to convert two designated rooms into Palliative Care Suites which are located on the Complex Medicine Unit. In addition to the suites the campaign provided resources to add a care coordinator/case manager to the palliative care team, provide palliative care training for nurses and staff working in the Complex Medicine Unit and allowed TGH to expand - its Pastoral Care Residency to focus solely on the needs of patients in the Palliative Care program.
Currently, the TGH Foundation is focused on raising funds to support the Pastoral Care Residency Program as part of the Palliative Care team. This program has been a valuable addition and has provided much needed spiritual support for the patients and families who are receiving Palliative Care services at Tampa General Hospital.
For more information about the Palliative Care Campaign, please call (813) 844-7560.