Pallative Care

What is Palliative Care ?

Palliative Care is specialized comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to prevent and ease suffering and improve quality of life. Services can be offered at the same time as life prolonging treatment such as chemotherapy. Palliative care provides relief from distressing symptoms including pain, nausea, shortness of breath, and anxiety. Palliative Care can also help patients and families deal with complex decisions and cope with the side effects of medical treatments.

How does palliative care differ from hospice care?

Palliative Care can be incorporated at any time during treatment regardless of the stage of illness. Patients can receive Palliative Care at the same time they receive treatment for their illness. Typically, patients choosing hospice decide to stop curative treatments for their illness.

Northside’s Palliative Care Team

Northside Hospital is committed to addressing all aspects of a patients’ care. Northside’s Palliative Care Team is interdisciplinary, combining the expertise and knowledge of physicians, nurse practitioners, medical social workers and chaplains who have specialized training in helping patients with a serious illness. Palliative Care is a partnership between patients, medical specialists and family members to ensure the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of a patient are met.

Services include:

  • Comprehensive and compassionate care to patients in the hospital facing a life threatening illness
  • Coordinated care with a patient’s medical team
  • Expertise in pain and symptom management
  • Facilitation of discussions and decisions concerning goals of care and advance directives
  • Assistance in coordinating care across all health care settings and ensuring that care provided correlates
    with patient and family values, culture and beliefs.
  • Communication is a key component of palliative care

Our team collaborates with physicians, nurses, case managers, social workers, spiritual advisors and others
to implement a comprehensive treatment plan addressing physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.

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Northside Hospital – Atlanta
1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 851-8000


Northside Hospital – Cherokee
201 Hospital Road
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: (770) 720-5100


Northside Hospital – Forsyth
1200 Northside Forsyth Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone: (770) 844-3200



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