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Palliative Care

Compassionate care to improve the quality of life for individuals with a life-limiting illness

Palliative Care Defined

Palliative care is a multi-disciplinary team approach that can improve the quality of life for patients facing a life-threatening illness. Under the physician’s direction, the team can help prevent and relieve suffering. North Mississippi Medical Center’s Palliative Care Team can assist with comfort and provide excellent symptom control.

While palliative care also involves the family, the focus is on the patient’s needs and current diagnoses.

Compassionate Care

Palliative care and Hospice are not the same. Palliative care may be offered by the physician when the patient has made the decision not to continue invasive procedures or painful tests that may not change the outcome of the disease. Treatment options are still available to focus on good symptom control rather than cure. A private and personal discussion with a medical professional can sometimes decrease the anxiety of making decisions relating to health care.

The Palliative Care Team also provides education during a time when the patient’s needs are rapidly changing. Topics may include active treatment versus comfort care or Advance Directive clarification.


Advance Directive topics may include life support options, artificial feedings and certain medications. The palliative care nurse or licensed social worker may visit to provide education before you make decisions relating to the level of care the patient now needs.


You will be provided time to ask questions and involve immediate family if you wish. Options will be discussed and personal preference may be expressed to your medical team.


The Palliative Care Team includes your physician, registered nurse, licensed social worker, pharmacist, dietitian, respiratory therapist and chaplain.

The Discharge Planning Team is also a very important part of your care team focused on compassionate care. This team consists of specially-trained nurses and social workers who will complete your referral process or placement, if needed.

Our goal is to treat you and your loved one with respect and dignity during this difficult time.

Thank you for allowing us to serve as a member of your care team.

For more information about the Palliative Care Team, call (662) 790-1640.