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Palliative Care

Palliative Care

The Center of Excellence in Palliative Medicine at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers medical care focused on providing comfort for seriously ill patients through the relief of symptoms and stress. Our work is dedicated to our strong belief that individuals should live well and attain the highest quality of life, regardless of the nature or severity of their illness.

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Program Stats

  • Nine-person palliative medicine team
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship
  • Annual Celebration of Life Butterfly Release

Contact information

Palliative Medicine

500 University Drive
Hershey, PA  17033

Understanding Palliative Medicine

Palliative medicine, also known as palliative care, is:

  • Comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness
  • In conjunction with your primary treatment and does not replace it
  • Intended to prevent and ease suffering and improve quality of life
  • Appropriate for all stages of a serious illness and is not the same as hospice care, which is meant specifically for those approaching the last stages of their lives

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What We Do

The mission of our Palliative Medicine program is to prevent and relieve troublesome symptoms while supporting the best possible quality of life for our patients and their families, regardless of the nature or extent of their disease or the need for other therapies.

Our team collaborates with professional and informal caregivers in various settings to ensure coordination, communication, and continuity of care across institutional and home care settings.

We integrate the emotional and spiritual well being of the patient and family into the management of pain and other physical symptoms of illness.

We are here to guide our patients and their families with health care decisions while working toward their goals throughout their course of illness.

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