Palliative Care

Overview

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is specialty care which addresses the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of patients dealing with serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life, emphasizing care of the whole person, including family and loved ones. Palliative care is provided at UofL Health – UofL Hospital and UofL Health – Jewish Hospital by a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and others who work together with a patient’s other health care providers to give individualized care and an extra layer of support. 

Services

During a hospital stay, patients and their loved ones may face many difficult decisions. The palliative care team can help patients and their families sort through treatment options. We focus on improving communication among patients, their loved ones and members of the health care team.

Working to incorporate a patient’s values and hopes into a treatment plan, we relieve symptoms such as pain, nausea, anxiety and shortness of breath. Our approach focuses not only on physical symptoms, but also on spiritual and emotional health.

The Palliative Care Teams can assist with:

  • Managing distressing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath and anxiety
  • Clarifying treatment options
  • Providing spiritual and psychological support to patients and their loved ones through all stages of illness
  • Facilitating communication among patients, their loved ones and their health care team
  • Establishing advance directives

When is Palliative Care helpful?

Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of a patient’s illness and can be provided along with curative treatment. Palliative care is beneficial for those suffering with physical symptoms, emotional issues and spiritual concerns. It is helpful when patients and families have a difficult time making treatment decisions and need guidance in advance care planning.

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Kerstin Knopf, Dr. rer. nat.

Specialty Areas: Palliative Care
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No Primary Location
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Linda "LJ" Jackson, M.Div.

Specialty Areas: Palliative Care
Areas of Interest: Chaplaincy

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No Primary Location
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Vickie Lowe, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Palliative Care
Areas of Interest: Medical Director, Palliative and Holistic Care Department, Jewish Hospital | Establishing Goals of Care | Advanced...

Primary Practice Location

UofL Health – Jewish Hospital
200 Abraham Flexner Way,
Louisville, KY 40202
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Lauren Chesser, APRN

Specialty Areas: Palliative Care
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Primary Practice Location

UofL Health – Jewish Hospital
200 Abraham Flexner Way,
Louisville, KY 40202
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Staci A. Mandrola, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Internal Medicine | Primary Care | Palliative Care
Areas of Interest: Medical Director | Palliative Care

Primary Practice Location

UofL Health – UofL Hospital
530 South Jackson Street,
Louisville, KY 40202
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Emily King, APRN, ACHPN

Specialty Areas: Palliative Care
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Primary Practice Location

No Primary Location

Locations & Contact

UofL Health – Frazier Rehabilitation Institute

UofL Health - Frazier Rehabilitaton Institute
220 Abraham Flexner Way
Louisville , KY 40202
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Accepted Insurance

UofL Physicians participates in most major health plans in Kentucky. Coverage may vary by specialty. Coverage limitations are dependent on the terms of your personal health plan. This is not a guarantee that all services you receive will be covered by your health plan. Review your health plan provider directory and/or consult with your plan to confirm coverage.

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