Palliative Care

"Life lives, life dies, life laughs, life cries. Life gives up and life tries. But, life looks different through
everyone's eyes."  ~Anonymous
The following information has been prepared to help friends and families of patients in Intensive
Care to understand the types of Medical Services being provided.
The Palliative Care Program is established to improve the quality of life for patients and families
facing the problems associated with life-defining, life threatening, or life limiting illnesses. The
Palliative Care team adapts a patient centered approach and holistic care method to serve as a
bridge between the patient/family and themultidisciplinary team.
Palliative Care aims to identify and address the physical, psychological, spiritual, and practical
burdens of illness.  Palliative Care team members include physicians, nurses, social workers, pastoral care, volunteers and other health care professionals–also the integral role of family members that are defined by the patient.
Benefits of Palliative Care Services:
  • Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.
  • Includes curative interventions that promote overall wellness.
  • Open communication with patient/family members.
  • Assist patient and family to process and understand diagnosis, disease trajectory and prognosis.
  • Provides pain and symptom managementto relief suffering.
  • Identify and reinforce patient and family wishes regarding goals of care.
  • Patient and Family centered approach that integrates spiritual and psychological aspects of care.
  • Focus on the Quality of Life.
Palliative Care Services
A multidisciplinary team member can suggest a Palliative Care consult for a patient with a life threatening, chronic or progressive illness (at any stage of their disease trajectory) and a patient/family in need of symptom management and advanced care planning. The team member needs to discuss with the covering or attending physician–if determined appropriate the referral is called in and a consultation form is completed.    Palliative Care Services:
  • Addresses disease specific symptoms and prognosis.
  • Advocates and assist patient/family with Advance Care Planning (ACP).
  • Provides assistance with the Health Care Proxy and Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) forms.
  • Advocates and coordinates Family Meetings to assist patient/family with goals of care and discharge planning.
  • Patients and family receive referrals (as needed) to supportive/individual counseling, pastoral services and CAREing Doula volunteer services (i.e. friendly visits).
  • Assistance with nursing facility, hospice and home care options.
The Palliative Care Department at Brookdale University Hospital is located throughout the Hospital. In order to learn more about the Palliative Care program or to refer a patient/family contact 718-240-5830.

Palliative Care Program

Director:  Louis Belzie, MD, MPH

Call:  718-240-5830