Skip to main content

5 things you need to know about Palliative Medicine at MMC/MMP

February 26, 2018

  1. Palliative medicine provides patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering. Palliative care throughout the continuum of illness involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs and facilitates patient autonomy, access to information and choice. The Palliative Care Team is comprised of specialty physicians, advanced practice practitioners, social workers, chaplains and clinical ethicists.
  2. Palliative care can be provided during any part of a patient’s illness and can be alongside curative intent. The palliative care team will work closely with the patient’s primary physician and other specialists involved in the care. The team helps patients and their families navigate through the complexity of serious illness by focusing on their hopes, beliefs and personal goals. The team also provides continuity during transitions of care and long-term follow up.
  3. Palliative care is covered by insurance as with any specialty service. A patient’s physician usually makes a referral to the palliative care team, though patients and families may also request a palliative care consultation. Consultation services are provided in the inpatient setting at Maine Medical Center. Ambulatory services span from the Palliative and Supportive Care Clinic at 66 Bramhall Street to MMP specialty clinics and at times, home visits.
  4. The Palliative Care Team can help with Advanced Care Planning documents. In serious illness, a personalized care plan becomes important and the palliative care team in partnership with other advance care planning services can facilitate goals of care conversation. This conversation will facilitate completing an advance directives and/or physician orders for life sustaining treatment.
  5. Palliative care is available for patients of all ages, and at MMC/MMP, the Palliative Care Team includes pediatric specialists who make up the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT). PACT includes a physician, a nurse practitioner and a social worker, who collaborate closely with child life specialists, pediatric spiritual care and a patient’s multidisciplinary medical team in order to provide support and comfort in the care of children with complex, chronic or serious illness.

News from Around MaineHealth

View All
MMCRI Joins National COVID Data Research Collaborative
The National COVID Cohort Collaborative gives scientists access to de-identified data from COVID patients around the country, speeding up the research process.
MaineHealth Earns 2020 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Recognition
The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.
Appendicitis Trial Shows the Risks and Benefits of Treating Appendicitis with Antibiotics Instead of Surgery
MMC Surgeons Damien Carter, MD, and Bruce Chung, MD, are among the authors of the largest randomized clinical trial of appendicitis ever conducted.
Physicians Join Maine Medical Partners
Maine Medical Partners announces the following new hires.
Shaw Brothers Construction Pledges $1 Million to Maine Medical Center to Honor Sally Shaw
In recognition of a $1 million commitment by Jon and Dan Shaw, founders of Shaw Brothers Construction in Gorham, Maine Medical Center will name the causeway of the new Congress Street Tower in honor of the Shaws’ mother, Sally Shaw.
MMC Participates in NIH-Funded Clinical Trial Studying Buprenorphine Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder
Maine Medical Center’s emergency department is one of 30 chosen across the country as part of the National Institutes of Health "Helping to End Addiction" Long-term Initiative (HEAL).
U.S. News & World Report Names MMC ‘Best Regional Hospital’ For Eighth Straight Year
MMC earns a “high performing” rating in the specialty of Urology as well as in ten common procedures and conditions.
Credit rating agencies reaffirm strength of MaineHealth
Two credit rating agencies continued to give northern New England’s largest health system high marks for its financial strength even though the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant financial impact.
MMCRI awarded $1.9M by the National Institutes of Health
The five-year award by the National Cancer Institute supports the study of how healthy fat cells support growth of blood cancer cells.
MaineHealth Receives Over $800,000 in Federal Funding for Telehealth Program
FCC awarded MaineHealth for costs associated with rapidly expanding the health system’s telehealth infrastructure and technology in response to the coronavirus pandemic.