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Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care

Why choose Ochsner Health for your palliative care?

The Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care team at Ochsner helps people live well while managing a serious illness or difficult treatment plan. Palliative care gives patients an extra layer of support when a health condition limits their quality of life. Our expert palliative care physicians help residents of Louisiana and Mississippi, including family members and caregivers, identify options, weigh decisions and choose the care that suits them best. 

The Joint Commission National Quality Approval
The Joint Commission National Quality Approval

 When you choose Ochsner, you gain access to the only palliative care team in Louisiana to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Palliative Care Certification, a recognized symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to patient safety, quality care and positive outcomes.

Since there is more to well-being than physical health, our multidisciplinary team provides a variety of supportive resources to improve quality of life for patients and their closest loved ones. The Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care team at Ochsner includes nurses, dietitians, therapists, social workers, chaplains and others with the needed expertise and skills to respond to unique challenges. Our team collaborates with patients, their family and their physicians to minimize physical symptoms like pain, shortness of breath, loss of appetite and nausea. The team can also help relieve spiritual or emotional distress such as fear, depression and anxiety. If patients or their families are curious about the condition and how it may affect the future, we can provide more information about treatment options so you can prepare to make decisions that are true to your values and goals. Patients are always in control of their palliative care plan, which means they can count on us to adapt to their wishes and focus on what matters most to them at every stage in their illness.

Palliative care services are available during a hospital stay or as an outpatient at various Ochsner locations throughout Louisiana. The Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care team also coordinates in-home visits with nurse practitioners to serve people whose illnesses keep them at home, along with supportive care through virtual appointments. Find a location near you.

Palliative care isn’t just for patients and families living with cancer. Our non-cancer palliative care clinic also serves people who manage other serious conditions such as:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung diseases — conditions that limit the lungs’ capacity to process oxygen and other gases that help maintain good blood circulation
  • Heart disease — diseases that limit the flow of blood to the heart and the rest of the body
  • HIV & AIDS — conditions that attack the body’s ability to fight infections
  • Kidney disease — damage that keeps the kidneys from filtering blood properly
  • Liver disease — a set of diseases that keep the liver from removing toxins, fighting infections and helping blood clot
  • Lung disease — conditions that limit the lungs’ capacity to process oxygen and other gases that help maintain good blood circulation
  • Neurologic diseases — such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and stroke, which limit thinking and movement

The Palliative Care & Supportive Medicine team at Ochsner offers multiple forms of treatments that can help you feel better, including but not limited to:

  • Breathing treatments and exercises
  • Dietary guidance
  • Massage therapy
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Sleep guidance
  • Spiritual comfort
  • Talk therapy

  • Expert management of symptoms such as pain, depression, anxiety, fatigue, shortness of breath, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping.
  • Clear and compassionate communication from your medical team.
  • Focus on the emotional, social and spiritual needs of you and your loved ones.
  • Help understanding what to expect in the future and guidance in making decisions regarding your health and types of care you prefer.

Ochsner Medical Center - Jefferson Highway
1514 Jefferson Hwy., New Orleans, LA 70121
504-842-5211

Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank
2500 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, LA 70056
504-392-3131

Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge
17000 Medical Center Dr., Baton Rouge
225-761-5200

Ochsner Baptist
2700 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, LA
504-894-2616

Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner
180 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, LA 70065
504-842-7690

Ochsner Slidell Memorial East
100 Medical Dr., Slidell, LA 70561
985-649-7070
| 985-646-5774

Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St., Lafayette, LA 70503
337-289-7991

Oschner LSU Shreveport/Monroe
1514 Kings Hwy., Shreveport, LA 71103
318-626-2449

Slidell Memorial Hospital
1001 Gause Blvd., Slidell
985-280-2200 | 985-646-5774

FAQs

Palliative care improves quality of life for people who have serious illnesses as well as their family members and/or caretakers. Whether you have a treatable, chronic or life-threatening condition, you can choose palliative care to cope with illness symptoms and unwanted side effects of treatments. Palliative care physicians work with you and your family to help you choose what feels right for you. They often collaborate with your healthcare team, and their role is to help you get the most out of life on your terms while helping treat your condition. Palliative care physicians are specially trained to help you manage pain, control or get relief from the symptoms of disease and explore the advantages and disadvantages of treatments offered by your healthcare team.

You are the expert on the type of palliative care that’s best for you, but we’re here to help both the patient and family decide. Palliative care services are available in the office, through telemedicine, in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities and at home. The sooner you ask for palliative care, the earlier you will have access to expert support and knowledge that can help you handle a serious disease or curative treatment. To see a palliative care physician, ask for a referral from your doctor.

Palliative care can be recommended at any point in the disease process, and it’s not only for patients with life-limiting conditions. Hospice care is designed for patients closer to the end of their lives, typically those with fewer than six months to live.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care

Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care Locations

Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7
Slidell Memorial Hospital
1001 Gause Blvd.
Slidell, LA 70458
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Cancer Center – Baton Rouge
17050 Medical Center Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7
Slidell Memorial Hospital East
100 Medical Center Drive
Slidell, LA 70461
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus
2500 Belle Chasse Highway
Gretna, LA 70056
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge
17000 Medical Center Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
2700 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner
180 West Esplanade Ave.
Kenner, LA 70065
  • Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.