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Palliative Care

Improving the quality of life when you are seriously ill

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is for people with a serious illness, and for their families. Its focus is on reducing the symptoms, pain, stress, and side effects related to the illness, so patients can live more comfortably. Palliative care does not replace primary treatment; it works together with the treatment, providing an extra layer of support for meeting physical, emotional, spiritual, and practical needs. At Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, the Palliative Medicine Service’s goals are to:

  • Improve the quality of life
  • Treat the whole person
  • Support the family

Palliative tree

Palliative care is not hospice care, though the two are often confused. Hospice focuses on a person’s final months of life. Palliative care is for those who are seriously or chronically ill and is available at any time during that illness. People can receive palliative care at the same time they receive treatment meant to cure an illness.

Our team

The Palliative Medicine Service is an interdisciplinary team including a doctor, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, social worker, pharmacists, and chaplains.

They work closely with each patient’s primary doctor to take care of current needs and to anticipate future needs. The team’s priority is to respect each patient’s wishes and interests and to make sure the patient and family have the information they need to make informed decisions.

The palliative care team also works closely with patients’ families, who are an important part of the care team. By supporting them, the team
supports the patient.

Research shows that palliative care can improve:

  • Pain and other symptoms, including nausea or shortness of breath
  • Communication among doctors and family members
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Understanding a patient’s wishes for care

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for patients with serious illness and support the family, friends, and staff who care for them.

Messages from our patients’ families

Thank you for taking such wonderful care of my mom, both physically and emotionally.

Thank you for helping get my dad home.

We greatly appreciate the professionalism and compassion that you and your colleagues offered our family throughout my grandmother’s stay.

I was so relaxed knowing you would do all you could to give my friend the most realistic view of her options.

The support to me cannot be expressed in words.

Thank you for all your support, guidance, and communication during the most difficult time in our lives.

You checked in with our family, gave us support, and offered care in any way possible.

My family was happy to have such a caring team taking care of our father.

Contact us

Inpatient Services

Department:  (831) 625-4977


Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Mike's Story

Mike's story

Learn how Palliative Care made a difference for both Mike and his family.

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Recipient of Advanced Certification in Palliative Care by the Joint Commission

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Get the paperwork

Download a form you can use for your advance healthcare directive from PREPARE™ for Your Care

PREPARE for Your Care is an online resource that helps people learn about and prepare for medical decision making. This evidenced-based tool features video stories in English and Spanish and guides users as they explore their wishes and learn how to discuss them with family, friends, and medical providers. Find information and the advance directive form at:

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