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Palliative Care Program
Mercy Internal Medicine Service
271 Carew Street
Springfield, MA 01104

Comfort on your Journey

Mercy Medical Center now offers an inpatient Palliative Care Service providing the right care at the right time. Palliative Care is the management of symptoms and pain in patients with complex or life limiting illness. In addition, support is offered in negotiating goals of care and navigating through the complex medical system. Palliative care may be provided at any point from diagnosis to death and may be provided side by side with other medical care. Mercy’s interdisciplinary team gives an extra level of support not only to the patient, but to family members and others involved in their journey.

In some circumstances where death is near, we offer a private, home-like palliative care suite for patients and their families.

Mercy Hospice works in close coordination with Palliative Care. For those dealing with terminal illness, Mercy Hospice is available to provide additional comfort and support to patients and families. This includes emotional and spiritual support, the companionship of our volunteers, and state-of-the-art symptom management.

Shawn Charest, MD, who is a MIMS hospitalist as well as the Medical Director of Mercy Hospice, is now Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care. As a Palliative Care consulting physician, Dr. Charest serves as an ally to the primary internist, surgeon, or subspecialist in providing superior care in difficult situations, and an advocate for the patient and their family.

Benefits from Palliative Care include:

  • Improved ability to go on with your daily life
  • Improved ability to endure medical treatments
  • Better understanding of your condition
  • Better understanding of your choices for medical care
  • Relief from symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping
  • The best possible quality of life

For more information on the Palliative Care Program at Mercy Medical Center, please call 413-748-9371.

At present, these services are available only to acutely hospitalized patients.

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