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Turn to Essentia Health's supportive care experts when you or a loved one are hospitalized and need extra support. This service is available in Duluth, Minnesota, at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center and Essentia Health-Duluth (Miller-Dwan Building).
A supportive care specialist is a doctor with advanced training in the treatment of patients with serious or life-limiting illness. They work with a team who focuses on providing support and improving quality of life for patients and families through all stages of a serious illness.
When you request supportive care, you’ll have a team of providers working together to deliver personalized treatment and support. Your supportive care team may include:
Supportive care, also called palliative care, provides extra support to people who are in the hospital with a serious or life-limiting health condition. Supportive care providers help people of all ages and at all stages of their illness, even from diagnosis. Rely on us to:
The illness of a loved one can affect the whole family. By request, our staff can work with you and your family to improve communication and help reduce stress.
Supportive care may be right for you if you’re hospitalized with a serious or life-limiting health condition and you:
We will also work to coordinate your care with other members of your hospital care team.
Hospice care supports patients and families through the last stages of life. Supportive Care is for any stage of serious illness. It can also be given at the same time as treatments intended to cure.
Depend on your care team to always listen, respect your wishes, and advocate on your behalf. During your first visit with a supportive care team member, you may discuss:
Our goal is to meet you where you are at and help with what matters most to you.
If you’re in the hospital, you, a loved one, or any member of your care team can request a supportive care consult.