South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)
Hospice and Palliative Care Program
According to the World Health Organization, "Palliative care is the active total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. Control of pain, of other physical symptoms, and of psychological, social and spiritual problems is paramount. The goal of palliative care is the achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families." Hospice is palliative care givent to patients with a life expectancy of less than six months. The Palliative Care team includes a Medical Director, Palliative Care Fellows (in medicine, psychology, social work, nursing and chaplain) and a Palliative Care/Hospice Nursing Coordinator. They are available for:
- Patients with no cure for their disease requiring symptom control
- For patients with a short life expectancy needing guidance with end of life decisions
- Placement for hospice services at home or as an inpatient
Notify the Palliative Care/Hospice Coordinator and initiate an electronic consultation for hospice or palliative care.
Hours of Operation
- M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.