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We found 4 hospice and palliative medicine specialists near Chicago Heights, IL.

Dr. Kimberly Marine Battle-Miller, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Other
Flossmoor, IL
 

Dr. Kimberly Battle-Miller, who practices in Winfield, IL, Chicago, IL, and Flossmoor, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine and hospital medicine (hospitalist). Clinical interests for Dr. Battle-Miller include hospital care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Battle-Miller attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Battle-Miller completed a residency program at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Battle-Miller is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Hospital Care, Palliative Care

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology
233 W Joe Orr Road
Chicago Heights, IL
 

Dr. Uchenna Nwobu's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and obstetrics & gynecology. He practices in Chicago Heights, IL. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at the University of Lagos College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology
233 W Joe Orr Road
Chicago Heights, IL
 

Dr. Richard Moutvic works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and obstetrician and gynecologist in Chicago Heights, IL. Dr. Moutvic studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology
233 W Joe Orr Road
Chicago Heights, IL
 

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What is Hospice and Palliative Medicine?

Palliative care refers to any medical care that focuses on treating a patient’s symptoms, such as pain, rather than directly addressing the underlying disease. Hospice care is a specific kind of palliative care that aims to make patients more comfortable at the end of their lives. Although hospice care and palliative care are two distinct medical specialties with their own definitions, they are very closely related to each other. Palliative care can technically be used at any stage of life; however when most people use the term palliative care, they are referring to hospice care -- making a terminally ill patient more comfortable when there is nothing more that medicine can do to treat their illness.

Hospice medicine is professional medical care for patients in the last 6 months or less of their lives. The aim of hospice is to provide quality of life rather than quantity and to make the patient and family as comfortable and supported as possible as they prepare for the natural process of death.

Hospice care is provided wherever the patient lives, whether that is at the patient’s home, in a nursing home, in a hospital, or in some cases a center run by the hospice. Care is provided by a team of professionals, which usually includes:
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Therapists or counselors
  • Chaplains, pastors, priests, imams, or other clergy
  • Volunteers, who help with day-to-day tasks

Hospice care provides medical care, treatments and medications, services such as physical therapy, equipment such as wheelchairs, community and religious connections, and emotional support.

Death can be a difficult event, and hospice aims to help tend to the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients at this time. After death, hospice often continues to support the family through the logistics of the funeral and any religious services as well as their grief process.