Mercy San Juan Medical Center is committed to providing excellent care at every phase of life. Palliative care is available for patients and their families who are facing serious, life-threatening illness.
Palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve quality of life through:
Relieving symptom distress: pain, nausea, breathlessness, anxiety, depression, fatigue, weakness
Providing guidance and support in deciding on difficult treatment choices
Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family
Facilitating hospice care
Advanced healthcare planning
When you are ill, you need to make important decisions about your healthcare. These decisions can be especially difficult if you don't have a complete understanding of your illness and possible choices for treatment. That is why palliative care is offered together with all other appropriate medical treatments.
The Palliative care team takes whatever time is necessary to explain your illness and possible outcomes of the treatment options offered to you. This in-depth understanding puts you in control of making fully informed decisions that are consistent with your beliefs and values, and help meet your personal goals.
Palliative care team members include:
- Social worker
- Registered nurse certified in hospice
and palliative care
- Registered dietitian
- Oncology nurse specialist
- Case management nurse
For more information about Mercy San Juan's Palliative Care services,
please contact our Palliative Nurse Coordinator at (916) 537-5112.