Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Palliative Care Team

Palliative Care

For a patient who is suffering, Palliative Care is an important resource. This specialty focuses on medical, emotional and spiritual care for patients facing serious illness.  Relieving distressing symptoms, improving communication and understanding, and enhancing quality of life for the patient and family are the goals of this care.

Through a strong partnership between the patient, family and physicians, the Palliative Care Team helps with distressing symptoms. Breathing difficulties, nausea, pain, anxiety, confusion, sleep problems, spiritual suffering, or family distress are all attended to by the team. The team helps patients and families understand and anticipate decisions that they may face. They accompany patients and families through complex health situations, serving as guides and companions.

Discovering the patient's own goals, Palliative Care facilitates communication between  the patient, family and physicians.  This helps ensure that decisions are made with the best possible understanding of the choices available and of the possible results. Above all, palliative care ensures that the plan of care is based on the patient's goals, values, beliefs, and hopes.

The Martha Jefferson Palliative Care program is supported almost exclusively through community philanthropy. Funding is needed to support the following Palliative Care positions who will work closely with Martha Jefferson Hospitalists and Intensive Care and Oncology physicians:

  • Palliative Care Certified Nurse Practitioner
  • Advance Practice Nurse
  • Chaplains

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Charlottesville, Virginia 22911
Phone: (434) 654-8258
Fax: (434) 654-7316





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