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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
630 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Nancy Swayze specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and practices in Worcester, MA. Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Swayze accepts. She studied medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Swayze is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
119 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Suzana Makowski is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Makowski (or staff) speaks Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with UMass Memorial Health Care. Dr. Makowski is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a graduate of Baystate Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Makowski honors Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Facp; Faahpm; and Leonard Tow Award for Medical Humanism. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
119 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Jennifer Reidy works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and family medicine physician. Dr. Reidy is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a graduate of Lawrence Family Medicine Residency's residency program. She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Reidy include: Alpha Omega Alpha.; Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.; and Lamb Award for Humanitarianism in Medicne.. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Reidy has an open panel.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
123 Summer Street; Suite 521
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Claudiu Salvan is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He honors Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, First Health, and more. Dr. Salvan attended Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca and then went on to complete his residency at St. Vincent's Hospital. His distinctions include: Patients' Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition. Dr. Salvan offers interpreting services for his patients. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Petra Kajla specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Worcester, MA. Dr. Kajla honors Medicaid insurance. Her medical residency was performed at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kajla include: Doyle Prize; St. Christopher's Hospice Annual Prize; and UMass-Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Kajla welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Sheila Trugman, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine
101 Barry Road; Suite 1033
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Sheila Trugman specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. Dr. Trugman takes several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna. She graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. She trained at San Francisco General Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center for residency. Her distinctions include: Finalist, Kenneth B. Schwartz Center Compassionate and Caregiver Award Nov 1, .. Dr. Trugman is professionally affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Center. She is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Radiation Oncology
33 Kendall Street; Department of Radiation Oncology
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Richard Pieters specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and radiation oncology. He is professionally affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Pieters accepts Aetna, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. Dr. Pieters has received professional recognition including the following: 2000-02: President, Plymouth DST. Medical Society; 2006-2009- Vice Speaker, Massachusetts Medical Society.; and 2008-Plymouth District MMS Community Clinician of the Year.. Dr. Pieters (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
72 Pointe Rok Drive
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Julia Gallagher is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Gallagher is open to new patients. She studied medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center for residency. Dr. Gallagher has received professional recognition including the following: Elected To The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor; Society, Umass Medical School; and Selected By Residency Directors To Serve. She offers interpreting services for her patients.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
119 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Jennifer Tjia is a Worcester, MA physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. Her training includes residency programs at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Tjia honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She has received the following distinction: NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Career Development Award. Dr. Tjia welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
630 Plantation Street; Department of Geriatrics
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Maria Dunn's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care); she sees patients in Worcester, MA. Dr. Dunn attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She trained at St. Vincent's Hospital for residency. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Dunn has a closed panel.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
277 East Mountain Street; Summit Eldercare
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Glenn Randall practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Randall attended medical school at Rush Medical College. He takes Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) and Medicaid insurance. He has received the following distinctions: Ford Foundation Grant 1986-1990.; Federal Public Health Traineeship, 1984-1985.; and Award In Pathology For Internal Medicine Residents, .. Dr. Randall (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Haitian Creole. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
630 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Vijay Kajla specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Worcester, MA. He is a graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College and a graduate of UMass Memorial Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Kajla is an in-network provider for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Resident Teacher Award; David Mitchell Memorial Gold Medal; and Nominated For Best Teacher, University. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care
55 Lake Avenue N; Department of Pediatric Critical Care
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Scot Bateman, who practices in Worcester, MA, is a medical specialist in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine and pediatric critical care. He obtained his medical school training at Dartmouth Medical School and performed his residency at Children's Hospital Boston. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
119 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Vandana Nagpal works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in Worcester, MA. She honors Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of Dayanand Medical College & Hospital and a graduate of Erie County Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Nagpal has a closed panel.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Infectious Disease
119 Belmont Street; Department of Palliative Care
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Mary Valliere is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult infectious disease. Dr. Valliere honors Medicaid insurance. She attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has received professional recognition including the following: **Also Specialty in Palliative Medicine**. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Winchester Hospital and Emerson Hospital. Dr. Valliere is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine
14 Bluegrass Lane
Shrewsbury, 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.