Palliative Care

Palliative Care Services in Tampa Bay

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BayCare is committed to improving the quality of life for our community. Our palliative care programs offer a holistic approach to relieving the pain, suffering and stress that patients with chronic illness are experiencing. Our palliative care team works with the patient and family to offer emotional, social and spiritual support and care.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is medical, spiritual and emotional care focused on relief of the pain, suffering and stress of advanced or chronic illness.  It includes emotional, psycho-social and spiritual support for the patient and caregiver. If you or your family member have a chronic or life limiting illness such as heart or lung disease, or certain cancers or diabetes (among many others), you may be a candidate for palliative care services. The goal of palliative care is to make your life as comfortable and manageable as possible.  Palliative care may be provided alongside curative and preventative treatments. 

Who Provides Palliative Care

The palliative care team may include specialized physicians, nurses, professional counselors and chaplains. The team works together with the patient, family and the patient's physician to offer hope, empowerment and the highest quality of care.

What Are Some of the Positive Outcomes of Palliative Care?

Studies have shown that Palliative care:

  • Effectively relieves pain and symptom distress
  • Helps with difficult decision-making
  • Helps reduce confusion, anxiety and stress for the patient and family
  • Eases transitions to other care services or settings

How Does the Patient and Family Benefit?

Thanks to the advances in modern medicine, people with chronic and advanced illnesses very often can live longer and more active lives. Palliative care offers numerous benefits to you and your family including:

  • Expert treatment of pain and symptoms
  • Respite from the worry, anxiety and depression that often accompanies chronic illnesses
  • Coordination of care among various providers and health care settings
  • Clear answers and communication
  • A voice in decisions about the patient's care and quality of life
  • Support for the family in their care giving role, offering advice, instruction and referral services

Palliative Care at St. Anthony's Hospital

Patients with an advanced or newly diagnosed life-threatening illness are candidates for the Palliative Care Program at St. Anthony’s Hospital.  Palliative Care is a holistic approach, to control the pain and other symptoms of patients with advanced illness, such as chronic heart and lung disease, including certain cancers and diabetes. The focus of this approach is on providing compassionate, specialized attention to the needs of patients and their families. We attempt to improve the quality of their life in order to make their remaining years as comfortable as possible. Our Palliative Care Program team is composed of board-certified, palliative care physicians, certified physician assistants, Pastoral Care team members and social workers.  The team meets with patients and their families to address their spiritual and social needs while working closely with physicians regarding treatment options. The mission at St. Anthony's Hospital is to care for the complete person and the goal of the Palliative Care Consult Service is to help patients and their families successfully cope with the effects of life threatening illness. For more information, call (727) 820-7737.

Palliative Care at Morton Plant Mease Hospitals

Palliative care is one of the fastest growing medical specialties in the U.S. 

The Morton Plant Mease Palliative Care program provides care improving the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems with life-threatening illness.

Our focus is the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, assessment and treatment of pain. We also assist with physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems.

In existence since 2008, the palliative care team has three full-time specially-trained, board-certified palliative medicine physicians. Our team includes licensed counselors and board-certified chaplains.

Palliative care is available at all four of our inpatient hospitals and also at BayCare Alliant Hospital.

Palliative care can be performed with chronic medical treatments such as dialysis, and aggressive medical treatments such as surgical procedures, radiation and chemotherapy.

Our goal is to improve quality of life and prevent suffering for both patient and family.  

For more information about our Palliative Care Services:

Mease Countryside Hospital:
(727) 735-8465
Mease Dunedin Hospital:
(727) 734-6711
Morton Plant Hospital:
(727) 461-8231
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital:
(727) 815-7328

Palliative Care at St. Joseph's Hospital

The primary goal of Palliative Care consultation at St. Joseph’s Hospitals is to improve the patient’s quality of life, as defined by them.  This is achieved through a comprehensive holistic assessment, chronic disease symptom management and the facilitation of discussions and decisions around the wishes of the patient’s treatment plan and goals of care. 

For more information about our Palliative Care Services, call (813) 870-4421.