Palliative care includes treatments and support services that help you live well despite having a serious illness. From the time of diagnosis, specialists at Allegheny Health Network (AHN) are available to you and your loved ones. Talking with our team early in your care journey helps you get services that meet your wishes — even as your medical needs change.
Palliative care is not the same as hospice care, which is end-of-life care. You may wish to receive hospice care if treatments are no longer working and you have less than six months to live. Read more about hospice care.
AHN is among few programs in western Pennsylvania with a team of dedicated palliative care specialists. We provide treatments, emotional support, and coordination services that ease the burden of a life-limiting illness. Members of our team are in regular communication, allowing us to deliver care that’s responsive to your needs.
Highlights of our program include:
Our supportive care and palliative medicine services are for people with life-limiting illnesses. These illnesses are long lasting (chronic) and have no cure.
We care for people with conditions such as:
Members of our team meet with you and your loved ones while you are in the hospital. If it’s your first time meeting with us, we perform a complete assessment to learn more about your needs. We use this information to recommend services that help make your stay more comfortable and your transition home successful.
Our services include:
Our supportive care and palliative medicine specialists are with you throughout your care journey.
Our team includes a palliative medicine nurse practitioner and social worker who stay in contact with you by phone.
Our specialists can help you:
We work with AHN’s Cardiovascular Institute and Cancer Institute to coordinate services for people with heart failure and cancer.
Our palliative care specialists are in regular contact with your care team, which helps us anticipate your needs. These frequent touch points allow us to provide the personalized support you deserve.