Palliative and Supportive Care - Touro Infirmary
Palliative and Supportive Care

Palliative & Supportive Care in New Orleans

Providing the compassion & resources you need

Palliative and supportive care are specialized forms of medical care designed to improve quality of life for people with serious illness. It encompasses pain and symptom management; counseling for patients and families; support for patients making decisions about their treatment and goals of care; and care coordination among other services.

Palliative care is provided by a palliative care specialist in collaboration with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided together with curative treatment.

The palliative care team at Touro helps patients and families with:

  • Advanced care planning
  • Discussing goals for care
  • Code status clarification
  • Hospice referral/evaluation
  • Symptom management
  • Illness trajectory education
  • Withdrawal of life prolonging treatments

Palliative care can assist through all stages of serious illness. It is best introduced early in a patient’s care and is provided at the same time as curative treatments.

For more information about Palliative Care Services at Touro, please contact Melissa Pennebaker, NP
Palliative and Supportive Care Services
Phone: 504.897.7014