Easton, PA – Feb. 2, 2016 – Easton Hospital has announced the addition of a Palliative Care program to its list of services.
Palliative Care provides specialized medical care for people of any age during any stage of serious or chronic illness. It is provided together with curative treatment and focuses on relieving the symptoms and stress of the illness.
“The goal of Palliative Care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family,” said Karen Vadyak, chief nursing officer at Easton Hospital. “Our Palliative Care service will be coordinating and communicating closely with the patients’ care providers.”
“We work closely with the patient’s primary physician to understand the patient’s medical diagnosis and prognosis and to align the treatment goals with the patient’s values and preferences,” said Chand Rohatgi, M.D., medical director. “Palliative Care specialists do not replace the patient’s doctor; rather, we partner with the patient, his or her family and other healthcare providers to control symptoms and help patients understand their treatment options so that they can formulate their goals.”
Palliative Care consultations also focus on management of symptoms such as pain or shortness of breath. It can help patients gain the strength to carry on with daily activities and improve their ability to tolerate medical treatments.
Palliative Care consultations are covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies.
For more information about the Palliative Care program at Easton Hospital, call (484) 523-0169.
About Easton Hospital
Easton Hospital is a 196-bed acute care teaching hospital serving more than 300,000 residents in Northampton County and the five surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Founded in 1890, the hospital celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2015. Easton Hospital offers an active Emergency Department which sees more than 32,000 annual visits; a cardiac care program recognized as an accredited Chest Pain Center and one of 55 designated Heart Attack Receiving Centers in the country; a Center for Orthopedics, Joint and Spine which is accredited by the Joint Commission for both total-hip and total-knee replacement; a certified Primary Stroke Center; and the Easton Regional Cancer Center which is a member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson. In addition, the hospital maintains two free-standing, fully-accredited residency training programs in surgery and internal medicine.