Joy Delacruz Keller
Palliative Care and Supportive Services at UTSW
The Palliative Medicine Team at UT Southwestern Medical Center functions to provide specialized care for patients and families living with serious and terminal illnesses. Currently, Palliative Care consult services offer help for inpatients at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, Zale Lipshy University Hospital, and Parkland Memorial Hospital. In addition, there is an outpatient clinic for patients at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The goal of the UT Southwestern Palliative and Supportive Care Team is to help patients live with the best quality of life possible by providing symptom management and psychosocial support. In addition, Palliative and Hospice Medicine supports a fellowship program. Palliative care is provided by a team of palliative care physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and others who work together with a patient’s other physicians to provide an extra layer of support. The multidisciplinary team also assist with helping families and patients process the emotional crisis and anticipatory grief that comes with facing end of life by providing supportive counseling, emotional support and bereavement resources.