MELROSE PARK, IL – Gottlieb Memorial Hospital began offering patients a multidisciplinary palliative care program on Tuesday, July 5. Gottlieb’s palliative care team is available to assist physicians and offer inpatient consultation to create and implement care plans that fit patient’s physical, spiritual and emotional needs.
“Palliative care represents Gottlieb’s goal to keep patients at the center of all we do,” said Berc Gawne, MD, chief medical officer. “It also involves the family in partnering in the decision making and making goals regarding care and prioritizing what is important to them.”
The team includes a board certified physician in hospice and palliative care, hospitalist, nurse, case manager, physical therapist, occupational therapist, wellness therapist, chaplain and social worker.
Gottlieb’s compassionate and supportive palliative care team will help manage:
- Distressing physical and emotional symptoms
- Information and assistance in making complex care decisions
- Spiritual support for the patient and family
- Coordination of care in the hospital and after the patient is discharged.
Wilfredo Romero, MD, a board-certified internist and board certified palliative care physician, is medical director of the palliative care program.
“Our palliative care team will serve patients regardless of the diagnosis or location in the hospital, comforting not only the physical body, but also honoring the mind and spirit of our patients,” Dr. Romero said.