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Palliative Care Services

​What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is a medical specialty that helps patients and their families live as fully as possible when faced with a life-threatening illness. Unlike hospice care, which focuses on end-of-life care, palliative care services are provided during any phase of an illness, including active treatments such as chemotherapy.
Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided at the same time as life-prolonging treatment. It addresses physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs and facilitates patient autonomy, access to information and choice.
This web site is designed to prepare families and caregivers for the important issues that palliative care helps to address in the face of life-altering disease… to help them know what to expect, how to offer support, and how to respond.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” — Helen Keller
How does Palliative Care differ from Hospice Care?
The Palliative Care Service is a hospital-based program and is not limited to the last 6 months of life. The team works in consultation with the patient, their family and their medical team to provide expertise in the management of pain and other troublesome symptoms that may develop during the course of a serious illness. This specialized care can be provided during any phase of the patient's illness, including during active treatment such as chemotherapy, dialysis or radiation. Team members can help with the transition to hospice care, if needed.
The Palliative Care Consultation Team:
  • Tram Chu, MD, Palliative Care Physician
  • Linda Smith, MD, Palliative Care Fellow
  • Anne Thrall, DNP, GNP, ACHPN, ANP, Palliative Care/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Lisabeth Paradise, MS, FNP, Palliative Care/Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Brook Connolly, MSW, Palliative Care Social Worker
Palliative Care Planning Committee
Since its inception in 2003, the Palliative Care Planning Committee has been active in building a network of members who are concerned about quality of life for patients within the Providence Health System and the Anchorage community.  The Palliative Care Planning Committee is committed to working with other healthcare organizations throughout Alaska to identify gaps in palliative care services and create a comprehensive network of services to address the needs of the aging, the chronically ill, and the dying.
Palliative Care Planning Committee Membership:

For more information:
To learn more about Palliative Care Services, please call (907) 212-7890. To find general information and specific health topics, visit our online health library.

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