Pain and Palliative Care Services
Living with a serious illness can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually challenging. If the pain, symptoms, and stress of illness are impacting you or your loved one’s quality of life – or the ability to
tolerate medical treatments – a consultation with a palliative medicine specialist may help. Palliative medicine is a relatively new specialty that focuses on relieving pain, managing symptoms, understanding medical conditions and care options at every stage of a serious illness.
Kennedy Health is proud to work with Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice’s Palliative Medical Partners – the regional leader in palliative medicine –as its preferred provider of one of the fastest-growing medical specialties in America.
 
What is Palliative Medicine?
 
Palliative medicine focuses on managing the
symptoms or side effects associated with illness
treatments, such as:
 
• Pain                                     • Nausea
• Shortness of breath          • Loss of appetite
• Fatigue                                • Difficulty sleeping
• Constipation                       • Neuropathy
• Anxiety
 
Palliative medicine can help at any stage a serious illness,
even if a patient is undergoing other treatments for
illnesses, such as:
 
• Cancer                                • Alzheimer’s
• Cardiac disease                • HIV/AIDS
• Respiratory disease         • ALS
• Kidney failure                    • MS and more
 
What are the Benefits of Palliative Care?
 
The goal of palliative medicine is to help patients and
their caregivers achieve the best possible quality of
life – at any stage of illness. Working together with
patients, their family members, and their Kennedy
physicians, Palliative Medical Partners’ physicians and
nurse practitioners can provide:
 
• Close communication with all involved in your care
• Assessment and treatment plan recommendations
• Expert management of pain and other symptoms
• Help navigating the healthcare system
• Guidance with complex treatment choices
• Emotional and resource support for you and
your family
 
Who is Eligible?
Consultation may be helpful for anyone who is:
• Living with any type of serious illness
• Undergoing treatments that cause fatigue or
side effects
• Coping with uncontrolled pain and/or symptoms
• In need of increased help with dressing, eating,
bathing, etc.
• Frequently hospitalized or making multiple trips
to the Emergency Department
 
Where are Services Provided?
Consultations and follow-up care are provided at:
• Kennedy’s three hospital locations – Cherry Hill,
Stratford, and Washington Township
• Patients’ homes (for homebound patients unable
to travel to their doctor’s office for issues related to
serious illness)
 
Are Palliative Services Covered?
Yes. By:
• Medicare
• Medicaid
• Most commercial insurers with applicable
co-payments and deductibles
 
Who Provides these Palliative Care Services?
The Palliative Medical Partners team includes:
• Physicians board certified in Hospice and
Palliative Medicine
• Board-certified, palliative-trained Advanced
Practice Nurse (APN)
• A Registered Nurse (RN) Liaison Practice
 
Samaritan’s Palliative Medical Partners service at Kennedy blends the art and science of comfort care, pain relief, symptom control, and medical decision making. These comfort experts will work to help you and your family better understand your medical condition, and navigate the choices open to you every step of the way throughout your illness or injury. They provide an extra layer of medical specialty support to you and your Kennedy Health care team.
 
 
 
Next Steps
 
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a
serious illness, ask your Kennedy physician if a
referral for a consultation with a Samaritan palliative
medicine specialist would be helpful, or call (855)
 
PALL-MED (855-725-5633) for more information.

If you or a loved on is a patient at Kennedy University Hospital and you are interested in having a Pain and Palliative Care consultation with our team, please let your doctor or nurse know, or call 856-762-1933.

Living with a serious illness can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually challenging. If the pain, symptoms, and stress of illness are impacting you or your loved one’s quality of life – or the ability to

tolerate medical treatments – a consultation with a palliative medicine specialist may help. Palliative medicine is a relatively new specialty that focuses on relieving pain, managing symptoms, understanding medical conditions and care options at every stage of a serious illness.

Kennedy Health is proud to work with Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice’s Palliative Medical Partners – the regional leader in palliative medicine –as its preferred provider of one of the fastest-growing medical specialties in America.

 

What is Palliative Medicine?

 

Palliative medicine focuses on managing the

symptoms or side effects associated with illness

treatments, such as:

 

• Pain                           • Nausea

• Shortness of breath • Loss of appetite

• Fatigue                      • Difficulty sleeping

• Constipation              • Neuropathy

• Anxiety

 

Palliative medicine can help at any stage a serious illness,

even if a patient is undergoing other treatments for

illnesses, such as:

 

• Cancer                      • Alzheimer’s

• Cardiac disease        • HIV/AIDS

• Respiratory disease • ALS

• Kidney failure            • MS and more

 

What are the Benefits of Palliative Care?

 

The goal of palliative medicine is to help patients and

their caregivers achieve the best possible quality of

life – at any stage of illness. Working together with

patients, their family members, and their Kennedy

physicians, Palliative Medical Partners’ physicians and

nurse practitioners can provide:

 

• Close communication with all involved in your care

• Assessment and treatment plan recommendations

• Expert management of pain and other symptoms

• Help navigating the healthcare system

• Guidance with complex treatment choices

• Emotional and resource support for you and

your family

 

Who is Eligible?

Consultation may be helpful for anyone who is:

• Living with any type of serious illness

• Undergoing treatments that cause fatigue or

side effects

• Coping with uncontrolled pain and/or symptoms

• In need of increased help with dressing, eating,

bathing, etc.

• Frequently hospitalized or making multiple trips

to the Emergency Department

 

Where are Services Provided?

Consultations and follow-up care are provided at:

• Kennedy’s three hospital locations – Cherry Hill,

Stratford, and Washington Township

• Patients’ homes (for homebound patients unable

to travel to their doctor’s office for issues related to

serious illness)

 

Are Palliative Services Covered?

Yes. By:

• Medicare

• Medicaid

• Most commercial insurers with applicable

co-payments and deductibles

 

Who Provides these Palliative Care Services?

The Palliative Medical Partners team includes:

• Physicians board certified in Hospice and

Palliative Medicine

• Board-certified, palliative-trained Advanced

Practice Nurse (APN)

• A Registered Nurse (RN) Liaison Practice

 

Samaritan’s Palliative Medical Partners service at Kennedy blends the art and science of comfort care, pain relief, symptom control, and medical decision making. These comfort experts will work to help you and your family better understand your medical condition, and navigate the choices open to you every step of the way throughout your illness or injury. They provide an extra layer of medical specialty support to you and your Kennedy Health care team.

 

 

 

Next Steps

 

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a

serious illness, ask your Kennedy physician if a

referral for a consultation with a Samaritan palliative

medicine specialist would be helpful, or call (855)

 

PALL-MED (855-725-5633) for more information.