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

Dr. Nancy Swayze's area of specialization is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Swayze honors Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Swayze is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Suzana Makowski, who practices in Worcester, MA, is a medical 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 affiliated with UMass Memorial Health Care. Dr. Makowski attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and then went on to complete her residency at Baystate Medical Center. Dr. Makowski is an in-network provider for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Facp; Faahpm; and Leonard Tow Award for Medical Humanism. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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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). Dr. Kajla accepts Medicaid insurance. Her practice is open to new patients. She completed her residency training at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Kajla has received the following distinctions: Doyle Prize; St. Christopher's Hospice Annual Prize; and UMass-Excellence in Teaching Award.

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

Dr. Jennifer Reidy specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine and practices in Worcester, MA and Lawrence, MA. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Reidy attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Lawrence Family Medicine Residency for residency. She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha.; Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.; and Lamb Award for Humanitarianism in Medicne.. Dr. Reidy welcomes 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 honors several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health. He is closed to new patients at this time. Before performing his residency at St. Vincent's Hospital, Dr. Salvan attended Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca for medical school. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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 is a physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. She is professionally affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Trugman studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Trugman trained at San Francisco General Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna. She has received distinctions including Finalist, Kenneth B. Schwartz Center Compassionate and Caregiver Award Nov 1, .. Dr. Trugman welcomes 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 sees patients in Worcester, MA. His medical specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and radiation oncology. Dr. Pieters (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Pieters is affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Center. He is a graduate of Brown University, Alpert Medical School. He is in-network for Aetna, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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 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's area of specialization is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Gallagher takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. After completing medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she performed her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She has received distinctions including 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 professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and 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, Internal Medicine
119 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Jennifer Tjia is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in Worcester, MA. Dr. Tjia accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. She studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed 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's specialties 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 and then went on to complete her residency at St. Vincent's Hospital. Dr. Dunn offers interpreting services for her patients. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting 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 hospice and palliative medicine specialist and geriatrician. In addition to English, Dr. Randall (or staff) speaks Spanish, Vietnamese, and Haitian Creole. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He studied medicine at Rush Medical College. Dr. Randall is in-network for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) and Medicaid insurance. His distinctions include: Ford Foundation Grant 1986-1990.; Federal Public Health Traineeship, 1984-1985.; and Award In Pathology For Internal Medicine Residents, .. Dr. Randall is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Vijay Kajla is a physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). He is an in-network provider for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, First Health, and more. Dr. Kajla graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College and then he performed his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Resident Teacher Award; David Mitchell Memorial Gold Medal; and Nominated For Best Teacher, University. His practice is open to 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 specializes in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine and pediatric critical care. He attended medical school at Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Bateman's training includes a residency program at Children's Hospital Boston. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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 practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult infectious disease. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid insurance. Dr. Valliere is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has received the distinction of **Also Specialty in Palliative Medicine**. Dr. Valliere is professionally affiliated with Winchester Hospital and Emerson Hospital. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Vandana Nagpal is a physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. She has a closed panel. Dr. Nagpal obtained her medical school training at Dayanand Medical College & Hospital and performed her residency at Erie County Medical Center.

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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.