Patients who are referred to our Supportive Care Program have chronic, long-term illnesses that require recurrent hospitalizations and ongoing follow-up, such as persons living with cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney failure, AIDS, and cystic fibrosis, among others. Although a referral to our Supportive Care Program can be requested at any time, it is best for patients to access the program early in their illness or disease process.
United Regional’s Supportive Care Program is available even when a person has been recently diagnosed with a serious or life-altering illness and is receiving treatment meant to cure the illness. Our Supportive Care Program provides comprehensive services to help a person live more comfortably and productively with their chronic illness.
The Supportive Care Program is delivered by a team of specialists including:
- Social workers
- Pastoral care staff
- Physical therapists and other clinical staff based on the patient’s specific needs
Our Supportive Care Program team members specialize in symptom management to reduce suffering and improve the quality of life while the patient is receiving treatment for the disease or illness. While the patient is hospitalized at United Regional, the Supportive Care Program team works in partnership with the patient’s primary care physician, specialists, and nursing staff.
To find out more information about United Regional’s Supportive Care Program or to refer a patient, please call (940) 764-4248.