Palliative Care

Heritage Valley Health System offers comprehensive medical care for patients who have life limiting illnesses until the end of life.  Heritage Valley Health System offers a dedicated Palliative Care Coordinator, who assists patients and families with advanced care planning, working through difficult decisions related with life limiting illnesses, and providing additional support.

Palliative care is a model of care for patients who have life limiting illnesses. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of a life limiting illness, and can be provided along with curative treatment.

Hospice care is a comprehensive model of care that focuses on quality of life for patients who have a terminal condition. Hospice care provides a multi-disciplinary approach of providing support to the patient and family that includes hospice physicians and nurses, social workers, home health aides, and spiritual support. Hospice care works to address the patient’s physical and psycho-social needs, along with providing support to the patient’s family.

Both Palliative and Hospice Care can be provided in a multitude of settings that include: the patient’s personal home, personal care or assisted livings facilities, nursing homes, or in-patient hospice facilities.

Patients who may benefit from either palliative or hospice care may have a diagnosis of:

  • Cancer
  • Congestive Heart Failure, or other cardiac related conditions
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema, lung disease
  • Kidney Failure
  • Liver Failure
  • Neurological diseases (ALS, Parkinson)

Additional Resources:

Starting the Conversation – information on how to discuss your medical wishes at the end of life with your loved ones

Starting the Conversation Starter Kit

Allegheny County Bar Association Living Will  

For more information contact:

Heritage Valley Case Management