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30 years of Service in Spokane HEALTH BEAT DYING WISH Timely efficient womens health care


Jody M. Hechtman, M.D. F.M. McCaffree, M.D. Robin Messinger, M.D. Steven J. Richards, M.D. Traci A. Satterfield, M.D. Lori S. Smetana, M.D. Susan Reinhardt, A.R.N.P. L. Jan Wills, A.R.N.P Lynn McClatchey, A.R.N.P.


a beloved mother easier for the Klaus family than it would have been. “It gave us a sense of closure, and


accomplishment, that she was able to get her last and final wishes.” She continues, “Saying goodbye is never easy, and I can’t say I’d like to repeat our experience, but we all thank our lucky stars for the time that we had with Mom.” “Our experience at Sacred Heart was


Always


a blessing. The nurses, doctors, hospice and the labor and delivery staff were all amazing. They were doing their job and created a miracle all at the same time.”


accepting new patients from


adolescents through


menopause


601 W. 5th, Suite 301 • 509.455.8866 www.OBGYNSPOKANE.com


What is “Palliative Care”? Also called supportive care,


Palliative Care focuses on alleviating pain and suffering as well as improving the quality of life for patients with advanced


illnesses. program began when


Providence’s palliative


medicine itself was a relatively new specialty, and Sacred Heart Medical Center was truly a pioneer, leading the development of compassionate care programs for multiple patient populations: babies born with life- threatening conditions; children struggling with life-altering chronic diseases;


and adults dealing with


conditions at the end of life. And, of course, patients’ grieving families. “What we’ve attempted to do,” says


director and physician Dr. Jim Shaw, “is to put the patient and the family back in control of difficult decisions, and give them all the support and compassion they need to do that.” Palliative care is made possible by


social workers, physicians, nurses, chaplains and front-line staff working together to provide the best response to those in such vulnerable states.


To learn more, visit phc.org or call the Providence Center for Faith and Healing at 509-474-3008. Kate Vanskike is a Communications Specialist for Providence Health Care.


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