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Palliative Care

Palliative Care


Palliative care, also known as palliative medicine, is specialized medical care for people living with serious illness.  It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.  Palliative care provides an extra layer of support, and it is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.  Hospice is a subset of palliative care, for patients who have an end-stage medical condition and have chosen not to pursue life-sustaining or curative treatments for that illness.


For inpatients at St. Mary Medical Center, we offer consults for:  

  • Symptom management
  • Goals of care discussions
  • Assistance with decision-making in chronic disease and end-of-life issues
  • Home and inpatient hospice disposition planning
  • Advance Health Care Directives
  • Ethical dilemmas

St. Mary Palliative Care Team
Monday-Friday 8am-6pm

Stefanie Nemec, MSW, LSW, CT, ACHP-SW
Palliative Care Program Coordinator

Jeannie Vitale, RN, CHPN
Palliative Care Nurse

Maria Bertucci, MD
Palliative Care Medical Director

Janis Whalen, MSW
Palliative Care Social Worker

Lisa Crossland, RN, BSN, CHPN, OCN
Palliative Care Nurse


For more information on outpatient palliative care services, please speak with your doctor about a referral to:

St. Mary Palliative Home Care - Our team of nurses, therapists, social workers, personal care aides, and MercyFul Companions partner with patients and their families to provide symptom relief, pain management and spiritual support. Contact: 1-888-690-2551

Heartland Advanced Disease Management – Integrated management of progressive illnesses and persistent pain symptoms. Contact: 1-800-507-4329

Penn Caring Way – Specialized home health program designed to improve the quality of life of patients with chronic and complex illnesses. Contact: 1-866-888-8598