Mercy Gilbert Medical Center this week opened two palliative care rooms dedicated to providing supportive care to patients and their families.
The in-patient palliative care unit is the first of its kind in the East Valley, hospital officials said.
“Unlike hospice, patients receiving palliative care may receive appropriate, active and curative treatment and need not have a life expectancy of six months or less. Our focus of care is to improve quality of life,” said Donna Nolde, manager of palliative care services at the hospital, in a news release.
The specially trained palliative care team will work with the medical/surgical nursing staff to provide physical care to patients, as well as psychological, spiritual and grief support to patients and their loved ones.
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, at the intersection of Val Vista Drive and the Santan Freeway stretch of Loop 202, is a four-story, full-service acute-care facility with 182 beds.