Alice Hyde Medical Center (AHMC), along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, AHMC is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare proxy and living will) in accordance with New York State laws. Click on the 'Advance Care Planning Forms' button below to learn more and fill out these forms.
What is the Palliative Care Program?
The Center to Advance Palliative Care defines Palliative Care as “interdisciplinary healthcare specializing in relief of suffering and achievement of best possible quality of life for patients with advanced illness, and their families. It is offered simultaneously with all other appropriate medical treatment.”
Palliative Care can help at any stage of a serious illness and at the same time as curative treatment. It is different from Hospice care where you need to have a prognosis of 6 months or less and forego curative treatment.
How does it work?
The Palliative Care Team provides assistance with:
· Pain & symptom management (shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, etc.) for patients with advanced illness
· Emotional and spiritual support for patients and family members
· Advance Care Planning (DNR, Healthcare Proxy, Living Wills, etc.)
· End-of-Life decision making
Who is appropriate for a referral?
Hospitalized patients and Alice Hyde Nursing Home residents with:
Life threatening or life limiting illness—typically cancer, dementia, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), stroke or, end-stage renal or liver disease.
Deteriorating medical conditions and in need of symptom management.
Unacceptable level of pain, uncontrolled symptoms (nausea, vomiting), or uncontrolled psychosocial or spiritual issues.
Anyone can request a consultation (patients, family members, or any healthcare professional). Once a request is made for a consultation, your primary care provider is contacted for his/her approval.
The Palliative Care Team evaluates patients and makes the appropriate recommendations to the referring physician and provides follow-up as needed. The Team does not take over the patient care.
Palliative Care Links:
Palliative Care Core Team:
· Myrna A. Sanchez, M.D.
· Virginia Smith, RN.
For more information, please contact your healthcare provider.