13May

Palliative Care Can Provide Support, Choice, and Peace of Mind


When facing a serious diagnosis or illness, you may be anxious or confused. Whether you would like extra support for your medical care, a conversation about options and services, or an understanding professional to help you or your family in adjusting to new emotions or new situations – New West Physicians and Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers are here to help patients through our Palliative Care Program.

Our Palliative Care Liaison, Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW, works in partnership with you, your family, and your healthcare team to maximize your autonomy and emotional well-being.

Palliative Care can be beneficial for all patients with life-limiting, chronic illness such as Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Cancer.

What is Palliative Care?

  • Delivers supportive care that focuses on relief of pain, symptom management, and assistance/guidance in meeting your short-term goals.
  • Provides assistance in developing the plan of care that you and your family choose.
  • Helps assist you in navigating the healthcare system.
  • Offers emotional and spiritual support to patients and caregivers.
  • Provides "Advanced Care Planning" discussions to offer you the opportunity to express your values and long-term goals.
  • Encourages caregivers and family members to share in discussions and treatment decisions.
  • Palliative Care Consultations are an integral part of your treatment and are provided at no charge.

This partnership's goal is to provide patients and their families with exceptional, individualized care that recognizes and honors each patient's values and goals. If you are interested in a Palliative Care Consultation, please talk to your Primary Care Physician.

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