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

Dr. Claudiu Salvan is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) specialist. He offers interpreting services for his patients. He attended medical school at Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca. Dr. Salvan completed his residency training at St. Vincent's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Salvan include: Compassionate Doctor Recognition Compassionate Doctor Recognition and Patients' Choice Award. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
average rating 4.67 stars (1 rating)
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. She studied medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Makowski's medical residency was performed at Baystate Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Leonard Tow Award for Medical Humanism and Gold Doc: Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Jennifer Reidy is a physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. Dr. Reidy accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and residency at Lawrence Family Medicine Residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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. She speaks Spanish. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Reidy's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Scot T. Bateman M.D.
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. Dr. Bateman is in-network for Medicare insurance. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and then he performed his residency at Children's Hospital Boston. He is professionally affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Center. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
1369 Grafton Street
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Petra Kajla is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and geriatrician in Worcester, MA. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid insurance. Her residency was performed at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Kajla has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Dr. Kajla 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 practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) in Boston, MA and Worcester, MA. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Gallagher obtained her medical school training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and performed her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Gallagher 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. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Maria Dunn is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and geriatrician in Charlton, MA and Worcester, MA. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Dunn obtained her medical school training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and performed her residency at St. Vincent's Hospital. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Burl's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Burl (or staff) speaks Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He attended medical school at Free University of Brussels. Dr. Burl honors Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) and Medicaid insurance. He has received professional recognition including the following: Manager Of The Year, Fallow Clinic. Dr. Burl 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). Dr. Randall graduated from Rush Medical College. He is an in-network provider for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) and Medicaid insurance. He has received distinctions including Ford Foundation Grant; Federal Public Health Traineeship; and Award In Pathology For Internal Medicine Residents. In addition to English, Dr. Randall (or staff) speaks Spanish, Vietnamese, and Haitian Creole. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
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. Dr. Tjia is affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Center. Her education and training includes medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and residency 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.

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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). Dr. Swayze accepts Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Coventry, and First Health, in addition to 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's practice is open to 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 practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and radiation oncology. Dr. Pieters is in-network for Aetna, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. He attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. His distinctions 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) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Pieters is affiliated with Harrington Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth, and Marlborough Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Isabel Castro Munoz's specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She takes Medicare insurance.

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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 is a graduate of Dayanand Medical College & Hospital. She trained at Erie County Medical Center for her residency. She accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Nagpal is closed to new patients at this time.

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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 (end-of-life care and serious illness) specialist. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He obtained his medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed his residency 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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