Palliative Care Services Now Available at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman
05/28/2012

KAUFMAN, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman has opened a new palliative care center, designed to offer pain relief for seriously ill patients and offer support to their families.

Texas Health Kaufman Palliative Care staff
Texas Health Kaufman Palliative Care staff include (from left) Dr. Matthew Glick, a family practice physician on the medical staff medical director, Pat Jackson, community outreach specialist, Wendy Spradley, social worker, Lisa Adams, R.N., and Arlene Meadows, R.N. Not pictured: Judy Collins, chaplain.
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“The goal of our program is to relieve suffering and provide the best quality of life for patients and their families,” said Denise Claussen, chief nursing officer of Texas Health Kaufman.

Funds from the hospital Auxiliary helped fund the new center.

The program includes a suite next to the patient room for family to stay nearby their loved one. The patient room features home-like decorations and a peaceful view of the Kaufman countryside. Nurses, chaplains, physicians and other hospital personnel are trained to optimize comfort with safe and effective management of pain and changing symptoms.

“We also provide family support, transition to an appropriate level of care, and comfort the patient and family facing grief and loss,” said Patsy Youngs, president of Texas Health Kaufman.

As opposed to hospice care, which is for terminally ill patients when treatments are no longer curative, palliative care is often provided while patients continue to receive treatment for their underlying condition. Some patients who receive palliative care end up transitioning out of the program when symptoms improve.

“Patients may continue to receive regular treatments, while our palliative care team cares for their emotional and spiritual needs — and works to relieve pain,” Claussen said. “We’re also here for the family and ready to do whatever we can to support them.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman is a 91-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Kaufman and Henderson counties and the southern part of Dallas County since 1979. The hospital's services include women’s services, wound care, diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehabilitation and pain management services. Texas Health Kaufman, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, was recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Kaufman.