We found 4 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Blue Choice near Tyler, TX.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
4111 University Boulevard
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Laura Ferguson's area of specialization is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She is professionally affiliated with East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) Regional Healthcare System. Dr. Ferguson honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
928 N Glenwood Boulevard
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Craig Gunter is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and family practice physician. Dr. Gunter is professionally affiliated with East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) Regional Healthcare System. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gunter honors. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
11937 Us Highway 271
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Amy Swan's medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
4111 University Boulevard
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Michael Beets works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and family practitioner in Tyler, TX. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Beets is professionally affiliated with East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) Regional Healthcare System.

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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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