Inpatient Palliative Care

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 serious illness are experiencing. Our palliative care team works with the patient and family to offer emotional, social and spiritual support.

What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. Appropriate at any age or during any stage of a serious illness, the goal is to improve quality of life. Unlike end-of-life care, palliative care can be combined with curative care. This holistic approach focuses on relieving pain, symptoms and stress of the illness.

Who Provides Palliative Care ?
The palliative care team may include specialized physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, licensed 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.

Inpatient Palliative Care Contact Information

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

St. Anthony's Hospital: (727) 820-7737

St. Joseph's Hospital: (813) 870-4421

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North: (813) 870-4421

St. Joseph’s Hospital-South: (813) 302-8522

South Florida Baptist Hospital: (813) 870-4421

Winter Haven Hospital: (863) 293-1121 | Ext. 204748

PODCAST: Understanding Palliative Care

Margie Atkinson, Director Pastoral Care, Ethics, Palliative Care explains the basics of palliative care.
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Positive Outcomes of Palliative Care

Studies have shown that Palliative care may effectively relieves pain and symptom distress, helps with difficult decision-making, helps reduce confusion, anxiety and stress for the patient and family and eases transitions to other care services or settings.

A female nurse holds the hands of a senior female patient while talking with her.

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 accompanies chronic illnesses, coordination of care among various providers and health care settings and support for the family in their care role, offering advice, instruction and services.

A female nurse meets with a senior couple.