Healthcare Services and Programs

Palliative Care

Palliative care and medicine focuses on comfort and quality of life for patients and the families of patients dealing with a progressive, serious or chronic illness or injury. OhioHealth's palliative care teams work with your doctor to enhance the treatment you are already receiving with the goal of pain control and managing other symptoms and to provide psychological and spiritual support throughout the disease process so you can have the best possible comfort and quality of life.

Central Ohio Hospitals Providing Palliative Care
Riverside Methodist Hospital
Grant Medical Center

Choosing palliative care is not "giving up," rather it is choosing to have more control over pain and symptoms. It helps the patient, family and the patient's physician when:

  • It is difficult to control pain and debilitating symptoms
  • Ethical decision-making is unclear
  • Complex physical, psychological and social suffering requires extensive evaluation and close follow-up

The palliative care team of trained professionals includes:

  • Palliative care physician
  • Clinical nurse specialist in the palliative medicine field
  • Social worker
  • Spiritual care provider

The patient's physician remains in charge of the patient's care. Palliative care complements the attending physician's care when comfort, counseling and quality of life become increasingly important.

How to Contact OhioHealth Palliative Care Services

  • To learn more about palliative care at Riverside Methodist, call (614) 566-5019.
  • To learn more about palliative care at Grant Medical Center, call (614) 566-7255.

OhioHealth Welcomes New Leadership in Palliative Medicine

Dr. von Gunten
Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD
Dr. Ferris
Frank D. Ferris, MD

Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, and Frank D. Ferris, MD, are known for pioneering new approaches in pain and symptom management, and improving education and practice standards in palliative medicine.