Palliative Care & Hospice Care Services
Prolonged serious health conditions or life-limiting illnesses present unique challenges to both patients and their families. Effective palliative care can help you through a difficult treatment, assist you in navigating your choices for care and help you carry on with your daily life. Recent studies also suggest that Palliative Care may prolong life expectancy.
Disease Management and Family-Centered Support
The Palliative Care Program at Orange Regional Medical Center strives to provide the highest level of comfort and support. We treat every patient on a case-by-case basis - offering direction and aid with:
- Symptom management
- Spiritual comfort
- Nutritional guidance
- Alternative therapies
- Case management
- Family support
- Social support
- Advanced directives
- Psychological support
Orange Regional Medical Center’s Palliative Care Program supports patients of all ages, and enlists a team of experts who are ready to help and support you with the resources you need to reach personal goals.
The program is under the leadership of Dr. Emma Fattakhov and supported by of our Palliative Care Patient Navigator Eileen Schmidt. Our program works in partnership with all hospital resources as well as with hospice organizations to help you address challenges associated with life-limiting illnesses or end of life diagnosis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for palliative care?
Patients of all ages who have been admitted to Orange Regional and who have a chronic illness or an end of life diagnosis.
Where do I receive palliative care services?
Orange Regional’s palliative care service is available for all patients who are admitted to the hospital. Through the service, we help you obtain the resources you need to manage your illness once you return to the comfort of your home.
How do I start receiving palliative care?
Ask for a consultation! Start by talking to your doctor or nurse. Tell your family, friends and caregivers that you want palliative care. It is best introduced early in your care, and is provided at the same time as curative treatment. Ask your medical provider for a referral.
palliative vs. hospice care
Hospice care is designed strictly for patients with terminal conditions with a life expectancy of less than 6 months. Palliative care supports you and your family in managing your illness even while you are receiving curative and pain management therapy. Discuss the benefits of palliative care based on your specific condition with your doctor.
Is my pain managed with palliative care?
Yes. Palliative care is a comprehensive service that helps to provide pain management while meeting your emotional, mental and physical needs.
Will insurance cover the cost?
Most insurance companies do cover the cost. We suggest that you always check with your insurance company first before obtaining palliative care services.
Additional Patient & Family-Centered Support
The goal of Palliative Care is to give you more control over your care by better understanding your choices for treatment, to relieve suffering, and to provide the best possible quality of life for both the patient and their family.
At Orange Regional Medical Center, we're dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our patients. To us, success goes beyond clinical. It means supporting our patients holistically, being there for them spiritually and religiously, and offering specialized individuals to give special attention to our patients that needs us the most - with our case management, patient advocacy, and patient navigator programs.
We also work with family members to help them adjust to any potential lifestyle changes. Whether that means guiding a loved one through difficult medical decisions, helping them support patients and each other or simply providing education on what to expect, we’re here to offer our guidance and answer any questions.
Our Pastoral Care Program caters to all faiths. We offer locations for prayer, thought and reflection. Our Chapel is located near the Lobby on the first floor.
We believe in a holistic approach to improving our patients well-being. We provide a variety of complementary therapies, such as aromatherapy, reiki, and much more.
Patient Navigation is a one-on-one support service that provides expert guidance through your palliative care treatment. Patient Navigation services ensure your needs are met in a timely manner, your questions are answered and fears and anxiety are addressed with compassion.
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The Patient Advocate’s role is to listen to concerns, explore and implement solutions to help patients resolve issues that may emerge during their hospital stay.
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MEET OUR TEAM
- Emma Fattakhov, MD,
Medical Director, Palliative Care
Dr. Fattakhov is the Medical Director for the Palliative Medicine Program. She is Board-certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
- Brian W. Murphy, MD,
Dr. Murphy is a Palliative Care physician with Orange Regional Medical Group. He is Board-certified in Hospice and Palliative Care as well as Family Medicine.
- Eileen Schmidt,
Palliative Care Patient Navigator
Eileen Schmidt specializes in providing one-on-one guidance through your palliative care treatment. She also facilitates our Lung Cancer Support Group.
- Tonianne Motta, FNP-BC,