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

Dr. Claudiu Salvan's area of specialization is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He takes several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health. Dr. Salvan obtained his medical school training at Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca and performed his residency at St. Vincent's Hospital. He has received distinctions including Compassionate Doctor Recognition Compassionate Doctor Recognition and Patients' Choice Award. He offers interpreting services for his patients. He has a closed panel.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
55 Lake Avenue; University Campus S4-420
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Suzana Makowski is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) specialist. Dr. Makowski (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish. Dr. Makowski is affiliated with UMass Memorial Health Care. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and residency at Baystate Medical Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health. Her distinctions include: Leonard Tow Award for Medical Humanism and Gold Doc: Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine. Dr. Makowski is closed to 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 is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and family practice physician in Worcester, MA and Lawrence, MA. Dr. Reidy is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and performed her residency at Lawrence Family Medicine Residency. 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, she speaks Spanish. She welcomes 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 physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Kajla takes Medicaid insurance. For her residency, Dr. Kajla trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include 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 welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Burl practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care) in Worcester, MA. He takes Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) and Medicaid insurance. He studied medicine at Free University of Brussels. Dr. Burl has received professional recognition including the following: Manager Of The Year, Fallow Clinic. In addition to English, Dr. Burl (or staff) speaks Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He welcomes 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 medical specialist in adult hospital medicine and hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Gallagher offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a graduate of UMass Memorial Medical Center's residency program. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Jennifer Tjia's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). She practices in Worcester, MA. She attended medical school at 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 takes Medicare insurance. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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 sees patients in Charlton, MA and Worcester, MA. Her medical specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). After attending the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Dunn completed her residency training at St. Vincent's Hospital. She 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 specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). He accepts the following insurance: Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) and Medicaid. He graduated from Rush Medical College. Dr. Randall's distinctions include: Ford Foundation Grant; Federal Public Health Traineeship; 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. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Nancy Swayze practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) in Worcester, MA. Dr. Swayze offers interpreting services for her patients. She attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is in-network for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health, as well as other insurance carriers. She 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 pediatric hospice and palliative medicine specialist and pediatric critical care specialist in Worcester, MA. Dr. Bateman obtained his medical school training at Dartmouth Medical School and performed his residency at Children's Hospital Boston. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
55 Lake Avenue N
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Isabel Castro Munoz is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) specialist. She is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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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 accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna, Medicaid, and Medicare. He graduated from Brown University, Alpert Medical School. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Pieters include: President, Plymouth DST. Medical Society; 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Marlborough Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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). She is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Nagpal obtained her medical school training at Dayanand Medical College & Hospital and performed her residency at Erie County Medical Center. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Charles Mills is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Mills completed his residency training at Boston VA 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.
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