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Palliative Care

“In the care of the sick, great tenderness in all things.”

– Sister Catherine McAuley, Founder of the Sisters of MercyPalliative Care

St. Mary’s Palliative Care program offers a special kind of care and concern for patients who are battling serious illnesses. With dignity and peace, Palliative Care unites the patient, family, caregivers and medical staff to deliver care that relieves suffering and improves quality of life.

Palliative Care at St. Mary’s

It is our duty to care for patients beyond just medical procedures, but to also care for the person as a whole. At St. Mary’s, this program affirms life by working in line with the patient and their family’s goals for the future, including their hopes for a cure or life-prolongation, as well as hopes for peace and dignity throughout the course of an illness.

Our staff provides a full continuum of holistic care to relieve suffering and optimize quality of life for patients with a chronic, debilitating or life-limiting illness. We pledge to be an advocate for the patient promoting dignity and respect at all times.

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Palliative Care Suites

Palliative Care

Palliative care is available to all patients regardless of age, diagnosis, prognosis or location within the hospital. In 2010, St. Mary’s Hospital opened two state-of-the-art Palliative Care suites. These special rooms encourage patients to spend time with loved ones and promote listening and sharing to work through tough decisions and relieve suffering.

For more information on St. Mary’s Palliative Care Program please call Petti–Jeanne Sheldon, RN, Palliative Care Coordinator at