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Palliative care and Geriatrics

Experts in specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses.

Palliative care is a type of specialized medical care that focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

CHI Health Alegent Creighton Clinic Palliative Care offers palliative services for people suffering from serious and chronic illnesses including cancer, cardiac disease, lung disease, dementias, kidney failure, and other chronic conditions. Palliative care relieves the symptoms of these diseases, such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. Palliative cale also:

  • Helps you gain the strength to carry on with daily life.
  • Improves your ability to tolerate medical treatments.
  • Helps you have more control over your care by better understanding your choices for treatment options.

The point of palliative care is to relieve suffering and provide the best possible quality of life for both the patient and their family.

What can I expect from palliative care?

  • Pain and non-pain symptom management
  • Planning for the future
  • Information and resources
  • Assistance with important decisions focusing on improving quality of life, improved communication and explanations of treatment choices 

The palliative care team does not replace the attending physician, but works  as an additional layer of support with the patient’s physician to coordinate care. 

How does palliative care differ from hospice care?

Palliative Care

  • Supportive care for anyone with a serious illness
  • Available at any stage of a serious illness
  • Can coincide with curative treatment

Palliative Care with Hospice Care (a subset of Palliative Care)

  • Specialized care for the terminally ill patient
  • Available at the end stage of incurable illness
  • Patients are no longer receiving curative treatment
  • Prognosis of 6 months or less

Palliative Care Team

The Palliative Care Team also works in close collaboration with the hospital social workers and chaplains to help ensure optimum care.

Service Locations and Convenient Referrals

CHI Health Alegent Creighton Clinic Palliative Care services are primarily hospital-based consultations. The service is available at five metro Omaha area hospital locations throughout the CHI Health system.

  • CHI Health Bergan Mercy
  • CHI Health Immanuel
  • CHI Health Lakeside
  • CHI Health Midlands
  • CHI Health Mercy - Council Bluffs

Referrals for palliative care must be made by a physician caring for the hospitalized patient; however, requests for information may come from physicians, patients, family members, clergy and other members of the health care team.

To access Alegent Creighton Health Palliative Care services in Omaha, or for more information, call 402-717-3600.

Palliative Care Team

The Palliative Care Team also works in close collaboration with the hospital social workers and chaplains to help ensure optimum care.

Dr. Maynes

Domingo L. Maynes, III, M.D.
Dr. Wurdeman

Asha Wurdeman, D. O.