The palliative care unit, also known as 6West, includes nine private patient rooms. It offers a 24/7 team including a palliative care physician, a registered nurse with specialized expertise in palliative care, two direct care nurses and one tech located on the unit.
The palliative care unit provides a high level of care to patients with terminal illnesses or uncontrollable pain or care issues. Palliative care is an alternative therapy to traditional medicine and aims to make the patient comfortable.
Examples of chronic pain issues the unit sees are neuropathy and chronic wounds. Patients with terminal cancers or illnesses also utilize the unit.
In addition to patient care, the palliative care team educates the families about the treatment options and what they can expect upon discharge when the patient goes home or to another facility.