Palliative Care

“Caring With Comfort and Dignity for Improved Quality of Life" 

Palliative care is a medical specialty that helps patients and their families facing a serious illness, providing expert assistance during a difficult time. The Palliative Care Program at St. Catherine of Siena Hospital, offers guidance and emotional support to help you make complex medical decisions and coordinates care and treatment with doctors at any stage of your illness. An experienced team will help manage symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue, depression and anxiety following your wishes throughout the process.

Palliative care is often confused with hospice care. Hospice care is a type of palliative care specifically meant for those approaching the last stages of life, when curative treatment is no longer sought. Palliative care can help at any stage of serious illness. It can be initiated from the time of diagnosis to advanced disease and is often given alongside a curative treatment plan.

The goal of palliative care is to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of any serious illness. It is appropriate at any age and at any point in your illness. St, Catherine of Siena Hospital's specially trained staff are here to help you physically, emotionally and spiritually.

St. Catherine of Siena's Palliative Care Consultation Team: 
Pedro Calves, MD, FACP, FCCP, Senior Associate Medical Director
Gina Zarrilli, DO, FCCP, Palliative Care Physician
Elizabeth Meehan, Director of Pastoral Care, Chaplain
Roberta Levesque, BSN, RN, CHPN, Administrative Nurse Coordinator
Denise Raab, LCSW, Palliative Care Social Worker
St. Catherine of Siena's Palliative Care Experts Include: 
Board certified physicians
Certified nurse practitioners
Certified registered nurses
Social workers
Spiritual counselors
Child life specialists
Registered dietitians
Physical and occupational therapists
Home care nurses
Home health aides