At MountainView Regional Medical Center, we strive to improve the quality of life for patients that are facing chronic, debilitating or life-limiting illnesses. Through early identification and assessment, we develop treatments focused on helping patients relieve the pain and stress associated with their diagnosis.
Palliate means to ease. The Palliative Care Program at MountainView Regional Medical Center focuses on lessening the suffering of patients going through a serious illness. The main goal of palliative care is to relieve patients’ pain and discomfort as well as their loved ones’ stress. Palliative care includes symptom treatment, even when the underlying disease cannot be cured. This additional resource is used during those times that seriously ill patients and their families need a little extra support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and for any stage in a serious treatment.
The MountainView Regional Medical Center team includes the physicians involved in a patient’s care, as well as nurses, case managers and pharmacists on the hospital staff. Palliative care is provided simultaneously with other medical treatments. It addresses both the patient’s and their significant other’s needs. We consider emotional, social and spiritual needs as well. The purpose is to help the patients and their loved ones achieve a better quality of life.
Palliative care may be especially helpful for someone dealing with a serious illness if he/she has pain, trouble breathing or other distressing symptoms that could require readmission to the hospital. It may be appropriate for someone with a chronic medical condition, such as cancer, heart failure, AIDS, liver, lung, kidney problems and/or dementia, someone with a previous chronic disease, or someone who is seriously ill and is facing questions about the future.
MountainView Regional Medical Center’s palliative care is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Palliative care is available any time during a patient’s hospital stay, and it includes:
Palliative care is meant for any patient who is struggling with a complex disease process that could use additional support and resources, but it is not the same as hospice. Our team will work with patients and families dealing with difficult medical decisions, and can help identify additional resources in the community.
For information or assistance with this program, please contact your physician, nurse or case manager at (575) 556-7585.
4311 E. Lohman Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88011