Palliative CareThe goal of Palliative Care is to improve a patient’s quality of life and provide comfort during illness. Attention is given to controlling pain, as well as emotional support, spiritual and cultural needs.

Palliative Care is designed to provide relief of pain and other symptoms related to serious, life-threatening illnesses. This service can be utilized at any point during illness and is offered simultaneously with other treatments at home or in the hospital. Patients are encouraged to request Palliative Care as soon as a life-threatening illness is diagnosed.

The Palliative Care program provided at Pikeville Medical Center can offer you:

  • Relief from distressing symptoms including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, numbness and sleeping problems
  • Strength to carry on with everyday life
  • Improved ability to tolerate medical treatments
  • Better understanding of your condition and your choices for medical care
  • Coordination of patients’ care among all health care providers
  • Referral and coordination of home care services

Is Palliative Care covered by insurance?

Most insurance plans cover Palliative Care services.

Getting Palliative Care is easy, just ask for it
Getting Palliative Care is as easy as asking your doctor for a referral. The Palliative Care team works together with your primary care physician. For more information, call the Palliative Care team at 606-430-4839 .

Goals of Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Palliative Care program

  • Provide active care for persons with an advanced medical illness, especially those with chronic and progressive life-limiting conditions
  • Help each patient reach his or her goals to have a good quality life
  • Provide a support system to help patients and their families to live as comfortable as possible

Those who live with a serious illness may face some hard choices. It is a common experience for people to seek out specialists for assistance as they consider all available options. Experts from our Palliative Care program are available through a consult from the attending physician to help with difficult decisions including treatment options and other issues.

Palliative Care makes all the difference

At PMC, our exceptionally trained Palliative Care team includes physicians, nurses, chaplains and social workers. Together with your doctor, we will make sure you receive:

  • Expert treatment for your pain and symptoms
  • Close communication about your illness and treatment choices
  • Coordination of your care among all of your health care providers
  • Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family
  • The best inpatient and outpatient care possible
  • Referral and coordination of home care services
  • 24-hour support

Begin Palliative Care early

Palliative Care can occur at the same time as other treatments for your illness. It does not depend upon your prognosis, so there is absolutely no reason to wait. Pain and other symptoms affect your quality of life. These symptoms can have a big impact on your family. Our Palliative Care team can help.

Palliative Care is available to you at any time during your illness, whether you are at home or a patient in the hospital. Unlike hospice, you can also receive Palliative Care at the same time as Curative Care.


Palliative Care
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
After regular business hours, please call
606-430-3500 and the receptionist will have a
member of our team paged.
Pikeville Medical Center