Outpatient Palliative Care at UM Shore Regional Health
University of Maryland Shore Regional Health's Outpatient program is offered by expert physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and social workers. The outpatient team works with each patient in tandem with family members and loved ones, primary care physicians and other medical professionals to manage his or her illness in an outpatient setting. The Palliative Care team's mission is to improve quality of life by assisting patients and families with the following:
- Assist in treatment and assist in illness management
- Provide needed education about their disease process and treatment options.
- Assist with complicated decision making regarding treatment options
- Help plan for future care (advance care planning)
- Manage pain and other symptoms that are difficult to control
- Assist patients and families in coping with serious advanced illnesses
The Palliative Care Consult
Anyone who has questions about what it means to live with a serious health condition can benefit from a palliative care consult. Primary care providers and specialists can make a referral for a Palliative Care consult; patients may also self-refer for a consult.
A few examples of health conditions for which a palliative care consult can be beneficial include:
- Treatment and illness management for chronic and serious health conditions Understanding of disease process Complicated decision making regarding treatment options
- Planing for future care (advance care planning)
- Pain and symptom management when they are difficult to control Coping with the debilitating effects of serious and chronic health conditions
How Palliative Care is Delivered
A patient is eligible for Palliative Care as soon as he or she is informed of the progression of a serious or chronic health condition. Palliative care team members provides an extra layer of support to help patients and their loved ones process new information and get answers to questions and concerns.
Palliative Care can be provided at any stage of a serious health condition; patients may receive curative and other medical interventions along with palliative care support. The team works closely with patients' primary care providers and any specialists involved in their treatment to provide comprehensive care.
For an outpatient palliative care consultation, please contact:
Madeline Steffens, RN, BSN, CHPN
Program Coordinator Shore Regional Palliative Care Program
500 Cadmus Lane, Suite #211 Easton, MD 21601