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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 is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. For her residency, Dr. Makowski trained at Baystate Medical Center. She honors Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Makowski has received professional recognition including the following: Leonard Tow Award for Medical Humanism and Gold Doc: Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Makowski (or staff) speaks Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish. She is affiliated with UMass Memorial Health Care. Dr. Makowski is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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 practice physician. After attending the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Lawrence Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Reidy takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Alpha Omega Alpha. Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Lamb Award for Humanism in Medicine; Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Gold Foundation; and Fellow, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Reidy speaks Spanish. She 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 works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist. He takes several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health. He attended Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca and then went on to complete his residency at St. Vincent's Hospital. Dr. Salvan has received distinctions including Compassionate Doctor Recognition Compassionate Doctor Recognition and Patients' Choice Award. He 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
1369 Grafton Street
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Petra Kajla is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist. Dr. Kajla is in-network for Medicaid insurance. For her professional training, Dr. Kajla completed a residency program at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She has received distinctions including Doyle Prize St. Christopher's Hospice Annual Prize for UMass-Excellence in Teaching Award; Commitment to Quality Award Hastings Memorial Hospital; and UMass-Recognition for Excellence in Patient Care Award. She is accepting new 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 affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Gallagher honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. She welcomes new patients. She studied medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Gallagher's distinctions include: Elected To The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Umass Medical School; Selected By Residency Directors To Serve As A Chief Resident; and With A Faculty Appointment As An Instructor In Medicine. Dr. Gallagher 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's area of specialization is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She takes Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Tjia has received the distinction of NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Career Development Award.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
119 Belmont Street
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). Dr. Dunn's education and training includes medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and residency 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
630 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Burl works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and geriatrician. He accepts Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) and Medicaid insurance. Dr. Burl has an open panel. He graduated from Free University of Brussels. He has received the distinction of Manager Of The Year, Fallow Clinic. Dr. Burl (or staff) is conversant in Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his 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's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). He accepts Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) and Medicaid insurance. He graduated from Rush Medical College. Dr. Randall has received distinctions including Ford Foundation Grant; Federal Public Health Traineeship; 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. Dr. Randall welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Nancy Swayze's specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Swayze accepts. She graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Swayze offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Swayze 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 works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and radiation oncologist. Dr. Pieters (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Pieters's hospital/clinic affiliations include Marlborough Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center. He attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. He accepts Aetna, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pieters has received distinctions including President, Plymouth DST. Medical Society; Vice Speaker, Massachusetts Medical Society; and 2008-Plymouth District MMS Community Clinician of the Year. He 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 is a specialist in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine and pediatric critical care. He works in Worcester, MA. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital Boston, Dr. Bateman attended Dartmouth Medical School. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting 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 in Worcester, MA. Dr. Nagpal takes Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, she performed her residency at Erie County Medical Center. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
277 E Mountain Street
Worcester, 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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