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Palliative Care

"To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always."   ~ Hippocrates

Bridge over a lilly pondPalliative care at CAMC is for patients and families who are affected by serious or life-threatening conditions. Services can begin any time during an illness, including when treatment is aimed at cure. Different from hospice, the goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve suffering and promote quality of life. Long term care focuses on the whole person: body, mind and spirit.

Palliative care is not exclusive to senior care, but treats people suffering from serious and chronic illnesses including cancer, cardiac disease like Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer's, HIV/AIDS and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Palliative care works closely with patients, families and their physicians. Based on the patient's personal values and treatment preferences, we discuss and formulate a plan of care that is individualized for that patient. Additional services include pain and symptom management, care coordination across the health care system, support for patients and families and assistance with advance directives.

Palliative care consultations are provided to patients by physician order.
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about palliative care at CAMC, contact:
Deborah J. Cotes, DO, Medical Director (304) 388-4657
Linda Hozdic, ANP (304) 388-4658
Gina Diddle, FNP (304) 388-7916

Evidence suggests that palliative care improves the quality and the cost-effectiveness of health care delivery at the end of life. The provision of palliative care is recognized as a standard required by The Joint Commission (TJC) and is used as a criterion for rankings of excellence by U.S. News and World Report.


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