Symptom Management and Supportive Care Service (Palliative Care)
"Caring with Comfort and Dignity for Improved Quality of Life"
Symptom Management and Supportive Care Service (Palliative Care) is a medical specialty that helps patients and their families facing a serious illness, providing expert assistance during a difficult time. The Symptom Management and Supportive Care Service Program at St. Joseph Hospital, offers guidance and support to better understand complex medical information and personal choices for medical care at any stage of illness. An experienced team of specialists helps manage symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue, depression and anxiety, supporting both the patient and family wishes throughout the process.
The Symptom Management and Supportive Care Service Program is often confused with hospice care. Hospice care is a type of palliative care specifically meant for those approaching the last stages of life, when curative treatment is no longer sought. Symptom Management and Supportive Care Service can help at any stage of serious illness. It can be initiated from the time of diagnosis to advanced disease and is often given alongside a curative treatment plan.
The goal of Symptom Management and Supportive Care Service is to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of any serious illness. It is appropriate at any age and at any point in your illness. St. Joseph Hospital’s specially trained staff is here to help you physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Symptom Management and Supportive Care Service Consultation Team
Pedro Calves, MD, FACP, FCCP, Senior Associate Medical Director
Eileen Roberto, RN, BS, CHPN, Administrative Director
Emily Copel, DO, Palliative Physician Consultant
Erika ten Napel, MSN, RN, NC-BC, HN-BC
Bari Rees, MSW, Lead Social Worker
Joseph Walters, Director-Pastoral Care
Karen Simmons, Chaplain
Our team of Symptom Management and Supportive Care Service experts includes:
Board Certified Physicians
Board Certified Nurse Practitioners
Board Certified Registered Nurses
Board Certified Chaplains
Physical and Occupational Therapists
Other Disciplines as Needed