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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. She is in-network for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Swayze offers interpreting services for her patients. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Petra Kajla's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). Her medical residency was performed at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Kajla is an in-network provider for Medicaid insurance. She has received the following distinctions: Doyle Prize; St. Christopher's Hospice Annual Prize; and UMass-Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Kajla is open to 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. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Reidy's training includes a residency program at Lawrence Family Medicine Residency. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Alpha Omega Alpha.; Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.; and Lamb Award for Humanitarianism in Medicne.. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Reidy's 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's specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Salvan accepts several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health. He is not currently accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca and a graduate of St. Vincent's Hospital's residency program. His distinctions include: Patients' Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition. He offers interpreting services for his 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 areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. Dr. Trugman is affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Center. She honors several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna. Her practice is open to new patients. She attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Trugman trained at San Francisco General Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center for residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: Finalist, Kenneth B. Schwartz Center Compassionate and Caregiver Award Nov 1, ..

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

Dr. Suzana Makowski's area of specialization is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Makowski takes several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health. After attending the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school, she completed her residency training at Baystate Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Facp; Faahpm; and Leonard Tow Award for Medical Humanism. Dr. Makowski (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish. Dr. Makowski is affiliated with UMass Memorial Health Care. She has a closed panel.

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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 an in-network provider for Aetna, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. Dr. Pieters has received the following distinctions: 2000-02: President, Plymouth DST. Medical Society; 2006-2009- Vice Speaker, Massachusetts Medical Society.; and 2008-Plymouth District MMS Community Clinician of the Year.. In addition to English, Dr. Pieters (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Jennifer Tjia's medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Tjia takes 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). She has received professional recognition including the following: NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Career Development Award. Dr. Tjia is open to 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 is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist in Worcester, MA. She studied medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Dunn completed a residency program at St. Vincent's Hospital. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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 works in Worcester, MA. Dr. Randall honors Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) and Medicaid insurance. He studied medicine 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) is conversant in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Haitian Creole. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Julia Gallagher sees patients in Boston, MA and Worcester, MA. Her medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Before completing her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Gallagher attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. She 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. Dr. Gallagher is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Vijay Kajla practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care) in Worcester, MA. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health. After attending Maulana Azad Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Kajla has received include Resident Teacher Award; David Mitchell Memorial Gold Medal; and Nominated For Best Teacher, University. Dr. Kajla is accepting 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's medical specialty is pediatric hospice and palliative medicine and pediatric critical care. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Children's Hospital Boston. He 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's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult infectious disease; she sees patients in Worcester, MA and Wellesley Hills, MA. She honors Medicaid insurance. Dr. Valliere attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has received the following distinction: **Also Specialty in Palliative Medicine**. Dr. Valliere's professional affiliations include Winchester Hospital and Emerson Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Vandana Nagpal is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) specialist. She takes Medicare insurance. She obtained her medical school training at Dayanand Medical College & Hospital and performed her residency at Erie County Medical Center. Dr. Nagpal is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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.