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Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

When you or a loved one has a serious illness, you may feel overwhelmed with the decisions you have to make about your health care. Palliative care is an extra layer of support for patients with a serious illness and their families.

This patient-centered specialty focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of their illness—whatever the diagnosis—to help them live better. Palliative care goes along with curative treatment, ensuring care for the whole patient, not just the condition. It is appropriate for patients of any age and stage of a serious illness.

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Inpatient Palliative Care

At CMC, our palliative care team works to understand a patient’s goals and how to reach them. This can include interventions to make a patient more comfortable and guidance in making important or difficult decisions with compassion and confidence.

Team of Specialists

Palliative care is an interdisciplinary approach—your team may include:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Social workers
  • Therapists
  • Chaplains
  • Other care givers to help meet your unique needs and goals


Meet our Palliative Medicine Team

Daniel Ray, MD, Medical Director, Palliative Medicine
Sarah Elliott Ramsay, Director of Operations, Palliative Medicine
John Matera, LICSW
The Palliative Medicine team can be reached at: 603.663.6393

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