The mission of Palliative Care at Franciscan Healthcare is to provide whole-person care for patients who are experiencing serious or life-threatening illness. Our goal is to prevent and relieve suffering, including pain and other symptoms of disease. Respecting the desires of patients—as well as their families and their caregivers—palliative care seeks to improve quality of life in the face of serious illness.
The Palliative Care team consists of an interdisciplinary group of physicians, advanced practice nurses, chaplains, licensed clinical social workers, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists. Starting with their individual expertise, the group builds a care plan that carefully considers the unique needs of each patient.
- Symptom relief (from pain, nausea, anxiety, depression, constipation or diarrhea, fatigue, poor appetite)
- Defining goals of care
- Counseling for emotional distress
- Caregiver and family support and education
- Spiritual support
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Integrative therapies
- Advanced care planning
- Bereavement services
Relationship to Hospice Care
Palliative care can begin at the onset of illness. The patient may continue to receive treatment for the disease along with palliative services. Palliative care can be provided in the hospital or the clinic. In the United States, hospice services are often determined by Medicare. Medicare covers hospice when life expectancy is 6 months or less, although it can be received for longer periods of time. Typically, hospice care is in the home. When cure is no longer an option, and a referral to hospice is appropriate, we can provide a seamless transition to hospice care.
Hours and Location:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Lower Level of the La Crosse Campus Clinic Building
Palliative Care is housed in the Department of Geriatrics
Information and Appointments:
Please call Donna Kamann, NP at 608-392-4720 or Deb Fahey, NP at 608-392-6331 for more information.
Cancer patients wishing to make an outpatient palliative care appointment should call 608-392- 9510.