Facing a serious illness can be overwhelming. The Palliative Care Service is available to help patients and families with the burdens imposed by life-limiting disease.

The Palliative Care Service is a collaborative effort between Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. Launched in September 2005, it was the first comprehensive, interprofessional, hospital-based palliative care program in Missouri. The service assists with pain and symptom management and addresses quality of life issues for patients and families coping with serious illness.

Serious illness creates tremendous challenges for patients and for the people around them. Palliative care expands traditional medical treatment by using an interdisciplinary structure to deliver holistic care to people with advanced disease. Our goals include optimizing patients’ symptom control and functional status.

The palliative care team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital consists of a chaplain, social workers, nurse practitioners and physicians. Each team member brings years of experience in palliative care, hospice care and traditional medical care. Team members combine their expertise to provide comprehensive management of the physical, psychological and spiritual issues related to a patient’s illness.

We work across disciplines to clarify goals and to coordinate workable plans of care.