July 18, 2016

Gottlieb Now Offering Palliative Care for Patients

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. 

About Loyola Medicine

Loyola Medicine is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH) in Melrose Park, MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from more than 1,750 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. The medical center campus is also home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. GMH is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments in a convenient community setting at eight locations. Loyola Medicine is a member of Trinity Health, one of the nation’s largest health systems with 94 hospitals in 22 states.

About Trinity Health

Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 93 hospitals, as well as 122 continuing care programs that include PACE, senior living facilities, and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $17.6 billion and assets of $23.4 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 131,000 colleagues, including 7,500 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity Health is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services — ranked by number of visits — in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs. For more information, visit www.trinity-health.org. You can also follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter.