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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 Medical Center, 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

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 Medical Center'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 Assistant Medical Director
  • Emily Copel, DO, Palliative Care Physician
  • Gina Zarrilli, DO, FCCP, Palliative Care Physician
  • Sister Edith Menegus, OSU, Director, Pastoral Care
  • Roberta Levesque, BSN, RN, CHPN, Palliative Care Manager
  • Jenny Bright, RN, BSN, CHPN Coordinator
  • Tracey O'Reilly, 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