Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

Palliative Care

Mercy - North Iowa's Palliative Medicine Team provides care for patients and families who face chronic or life-threatening illnesses. The overall goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life. 

Our team is a multi-disciplinary team that works closely with primary care providers. 

 Who We Are: 

  • Physicians
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Registered nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Spiritual care providers
  • Social workers
  • Dieticians

 How We Help:

The Palliative Medicine Team offers physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual care through:

Managing difficult symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Confusion/delirium
  • Difficulty sleeping

Emotional and spiritual support:

  • Coping with illness
  • Supporting patients and families in understanding treatment options and goals.

Goals of Palliative Care

The overall goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for you and your family, while you are ill. Palliative care can be provided in a variety of settings including the hospital, care facility, assisted living facility, and your home. The Pallitiave Care Team:

  • Assists patients and families in making difficult medical decisions
  • Provides relief from pain and other symptoms
  • Coordinates care with all health care providers
  • Opens discussions about treatment options
  • Provides patient and families with emotional and spiritual support
  • Provides services as you undergo medical treatment, procedures, chemotherapy, etc. 

Hospice Care

Hospice is for people for whom a cure is no longer possible and has a life expectancy of six months or less. Hospice care is provided whereever the patient is and focuses on quality of life, dignity and comfort. 

About Hospice of North Iowa

How To Receive Services from the Palliative Medicine Team:

Patients, family members, or any member of the health care team can request a palliative medicine consultation. The initial consultation requires a health care provider to submit a written or verbal order. Our services are provided within the hospital and several outpatient location including care facilities and clinics.

The Palliative Medicine Team can be reached at: 641-428-7951

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