We found 16 hospice and palliative medicine specialists near Worcester, MA.

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

Dr. Nancy Swayze is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Swayze honors. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Unfortunately, Dr. Swayze is not accepting new patients at this time.

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

Dr. Petra Kajla is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist in Worcester, MA. She is in-network for Medicaid insurance. She trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center for her residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kajla include: Doyle Prize; St. Christopher's Hospice Annual Prize; and UMass-Excellence in Teaching Award. She is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Jennifer Reidy's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. She is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Reidy graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Lawrence Family Medicine Residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Reidy include: Alpha Omega Alpha.; Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.; and Lamb Award for Humanitarianism in Medicne.. Dr. Reidy is conversant in Spanish. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Claudiu Salvan practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Salvan offers interpreting services for his patients. After attending Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Vincent's Hospital. He honors Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Salvan has received include Patients' Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition. He has a closed panel.

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

Dr. Suzana Makowski specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and practices in Worcester, MA. 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. She is in-network for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, First Health, and more. She has received distinctions including Facp; Faahpm; and Leonard Tow Award for Medical Humanism. Dr. Makowski (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with UMass Memorial Health Care. She is not currently accepting 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's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. She takes Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and more. She attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Trugman's medical residency was performed at San Francisco General Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Trugman has received include Finalist, Kenneth B. Schwartz Center Compassionate and Caregiver Award Nov 1, .. She is affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Richard Pieters is a specialist 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, Medicare, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. He has received distinctions including 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) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients.

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

Dr. Jennifer Tjia is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in Worcester, MA. She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Tjia has received professional recognition including the following: NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Career Development Award. Dr. Tjia is accepting 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 attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Vincent's Hospital for residency. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Dunn is not accepting new patients at this time.

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

Dr. Julia Gallagher works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in Boston, MA and Worcester, MA. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gallagher honors. Dr. Gallagher obtained her medical school training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and performed her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include 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. Her professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Gallagher is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Glenn Randall is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). He honors Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) and Medicaid insurance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Randall's office for an appointment. He attended medical school at Rush Medical College. He has received professional recognition including the following: Ford Foundation Grant 1986-1990.; Federal Public Health Traineeship, 1984-1985.; and Award In Pathology For Internal Medicine Residents, .. Dr. Randall (or staff) speaks Spanish, Vietnamese, and Haitian Creole. He also offers interpreting services for his patients.

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

Dr. Vijay Kajla sees patients in Worcester, MA. His medical specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). He takes Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, First Health, and more. Dr. Kajla's practice is open to new patients. He attended Maulana Azad Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He has received distinctions including Resident Teacher Award; David Mitchell Memorial Gold Medal; and Nominated For Best Teacher, University.

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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's specialties are pediatric hospice and palliative medicine and pediatric critical care. He practices in Worcester, MA. Before completing his residency at Children's Hospital Boston, Dr. Bateman attended medical school at Dartmouth Medical School. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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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's hospital/clinic affiliations include Winchester Hospital and Emerson Hospital. She takes Medicaid insurance. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Valliere has received the distinction of **Also Specialty in Palliative Medicine**.

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

Dr. Vandana Nagpal practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Nagpal attended Dayanand Medical College & Hospital for medical school and subsequently trained at Erie County Medical Center for residency. She accepts Medicare insurance. She is not currently 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.
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