The Johns Hopkins Palliative Medicine Program celebrates Palliative Care Month. Each November, the team of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, pharmacists, chaplains, child life experts and social workers at hospitals throughout the JHM system, work to broaden awareness about the value of palliative care with our colleagues and patient communities. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for patients and their families by addressing the physical, emotional, social and spiritual burdens associated with complex illness.
View the Celebrating Palliative Care website and learn more about the our palliative medicine experts below.
Kristen Tweedy, nurse practitioner with the Johns Hopkins palliative medicine program, shares what she wishes more people know about palliative care: “We are not hospice. We are here to help anyone with an advanced illness. The sooner we are consulted, the more we can do.”
Read a Q&A with Julie Waldfogel, clinical pharmacy specialist with the Johns Hopkins palliative medicine program, and learn why palliative medicine is so important. “We are here for anyone facing a serious illness, regardless of stage or expected trajectory,” Waldfogel says. –
“Palliative care is so much more than end-of-life care,” says Corey Tapper, associate program director of the Johns Hopkins hospice and palliative medicine. “[It] increases quality of life, reduces depression and even prolongs survival. Palliative care is not an admission of failure. Rather, it shows commitment to the overall well-being of patients and their loved ones.”