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Palliative Care

A whole person and family-centered approach to living with serious illness.

Palliative Care Mission

The Mission of the Palliative Care Service at Lakeland Regional Medical Center is to provide exceptional healthcare by meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs for patients and families facing advanced or life-threatening illness.

Palliative Care Offers Support

Palliative care is compassionate care for patients and families facing a serious illness affecting their quality of life. This unique care helps patients understand the information they need to make important decisions and participate in planning their own medical care.

Care is patient-centered, supporting the roles of family in decision-making and caregiving. The goals of Palliative care are to maximize physical comfort and function, prevent or alleviate suffering and to enhance quality of life for patients and their families throughout the course of illness.

Palliative care strives to

  • Reduce the physical pain or other symptoms (for example-shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, anxiety) due to a serious illness. These symptoms may be from cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
  • Provide psychological and spiritual support for the patient and family at times of illness, transition and loss.
  • Support and assist the patient and family to clarify the goals of care/decision making process.
  • Coordinate care with the personal preferences of the patient and family.

Center for Advancing Quality of Life

CAQLThe new Center for Advancing Quality of Life provides more intensive palliative care services than ever before to patients suffering from life-limiting, chronic illnesses. The Center, funded in part by a generous donation from Lester Wishnatzki, offers patients and their families the comforts of home in a setting designed to relieve pain due to advanced, chronic or life-threatening illnesses and to provide the necessary support families need when facing the serious illness of a loved one. All nurses on the unit are specially trained in palliative care, guaranteeing that patients receive the best care possible for active and aggressive pain and symptom management. For families visiting the Center, a family room with all the amenities of home will be available. A Chapel is located in the Center and a Chaplain is available to provide the necessary spiritual support to patients and families. Dr. Sean Harvey is the Medical Director of the Center.


Dr. Sean Harvey; Lester Wishnatzki; Jack Stephens, President and CEO; and Jerri Thomas, RN at the ribbon cutting for the Center for Advancing Quality of Life.

A Compassionate and Experienced Team

Our interdisciplinary team works closely with a patient’s physician to coordinate the best possible care by taking time to

  • Facilitate optimal pain and symptom management.
  • Connect patients with beneficial hospital and community resources.
  • Understand a patient’s personal goals, family dynamics, and cultural and religious values.
  • Foster communication between the patient/family and the healthcare team.

Palliative Care Consultation Services

Patients in the hospital who are outside of the Center for Advancing Quality of Life still have access to palliative care services through LRMC’s Palliative Care Consultation Service. This service is available Monday-Friday, during normal business hours, providing consultations for hospitalized patients. The consult request must be ordered by the primary physician.

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