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 and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood 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. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park 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 in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, 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 $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity 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.