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Palliative Medicine—NEHVI

helping to provide the best quality of life

Palliative medicine is a new medical specialty that helps provide the best quality of life for as long as you live. By focusing on relieving symptoms, pain and distress for patients who face a serious or chronic illness, and aids you with planning for possible outcomes. This approach empowers you and your family to share in making educated choices about care.

Palliative care can be provided at any stage of illness in a variety of settings (hospitals, clinics, home, hospice and long term care facilities). A palliative care team typically consists of doctors, nurses, chaplains, social workers and other modalities who work together to improve your physical, emotional and spiritual health, and aid you to understand your illness and choices in your care. This team acts as a supportive layer to accompany your medical treatment plans.
Every person experiences different challenges. For cardiac patients with advanced disease:
  • Certain devices, therapies, or side effects from medications and medical management may cause discomfort and may require an intervention.
  • Some individuals need help coping with their disease process (physical, emotional, or spiritual).
  • Others need guidance with the planning process of advanced care directives, and power of attorney.
At CMC’s New England Heart & Vascular Institute (NEHVI), we go beyond the most advanced treatments for cardiac disease to care for the entire patient. Our palliative clinician works with you to consider what is best for you and your particular stage of illness or disease.
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Diagnosis, Treatment and Technologies

Recognize and understand available options

Palliative medicine at NEHVI can help you and your family recognize and understand your options to make informed and confident decisions about these and many other circumstances.
Palliative care can: 

  • Help relieve your symptoms and discomfort
  • Lend emotional and spiritual support
  • Help you with difficult considerations about treatment
  • Assist with advanced directives
  • Facilitate home nursing care as needed and when appropriate

Pastoral Care Department

Navigating a serious illness can be a difficult time for you and your family, and requires not just physical but emotional and spiritual support. CMC's Pastoral Care Department is here to support you whatever your spiritual or religious preferences may be.

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Meet Our

Palliative Medicine Specialist

Jeanne-Marie Maher, MD, FAAHPM is the Palliative Medicine Specialist at the New England Heart & Vascular Institute. She is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine as well as in Internal Medicine. Dr. Maher’s extensive background includes over 20 years in primary care, as well as being the former Medical Director of a renowned home health and hospice program. Her fellowship was completed at the National Institutes of Health. She is specially trained to help support and guideour family through any difficult considerations in your medical care.

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