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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
360 Merrimack Street
Lawrence, MA
 

Dr. Jennifer Reidy is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and family practitioner in Worcester, MA and Lawrence, MA. She takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She is open to new patients. Dr. Reidy attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Lawrence Family Medicine Residency for residency. Dr. Reidy's distinctions include: Alpha Omega Alpha.; Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.; and Lamb Award for Humanitarianism in Medicne.. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1 General Street; P.o Box 189
Lawrence, MA
 

Dr. Rafael Bloise's area of specialization is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He is affiliated with Lawrence General Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care insurance. Dr. Bloise has received professional recognition including the following: Best teacher resident. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1 General Street
Lawrence, MA
 

Dr. Katherine Aragon is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist. She is professionally affiliated with Lawrence General Hospital. She studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Aragon's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Aragon takes Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
360 Merrimack Street; Building 9
Lawrence, MA
 

Dr. Joanne Nowak specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and practices in Lawrence, MA. Dr. Nowak offers interpreting services for her patients. After completing medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Boston Medical Center. She honors Prudential (PruCare), Cigna, Aetna, and more. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Emergency Medicine
70 East Street
Methuen, MA
 

Dr. Pamela Marron is a Methuen, MA physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and emergency medicine. He accepts Medicaid insurance. Dr. Marron attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Occupational Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Emergency Medicine
70 East Street
Methuen, MA
 

Dr. Edward O'Neil sees patients in Methuen, MA. His medical specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), occupational medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. O'Neil honors Medicaid insurance. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He is professionally affiliated with Holy Family Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
1 General Street
Lawrence, MA
 

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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.