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Palliative Care Services

Helping You Live a Better Life

A long-term illness, such as diabetes or COPD or congestive heart failure, doesn't just affect your health. It affects every aspect of your life. MultiCare Palliative Care services provides additional care for you during your treatment, and helping to ease any suffering caused by a life-threatening or life-limiting illness.

You can get palliative care at the same time you get treatments that are meant to cure you.

MultiCare’s Palliative care services are currently available while you are in the hospital.

How We Help

When you are in the hospital, our experienced palliative care team can:

  • Help you control difficult symptoms like pain, nausea and shortness-of-breath
  • Partner with you and your family to make medical decisions and treatment choices
  • Listen and give support at all stages of illness and injury

Palliative care isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Patients have many different illnesses and injuries. We realize every patient and family has different goals and values, and so we create a different goal-oriented care plan for each patient.

To help guide us in creating the right plan for each you, we’ll ask you and your family questions like:

  • What is your understanding of your current condition?
  • What is important for you to talk about today?
  • What are your hopes and fears?
  • Who do you count on for support?
  • What else would you like us to know about you?
  • What questions do you have for us?
  • How can we help with your symptoms?
  • How can we help you feel better today?

Our Palliative Care Team

Our team includes experienced health care providers with special training in palliative care, including doctors who are board-certified in palliative medicine, social workers, nurses and advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs).

Is Palliative Care Right for You?

Your doctor may ask us to help with your medical care while you are in the hospital. If your doctor hasn’t requested our help, and you think you might benefit from palliative care services, ask your doctor for a referral when you are in the hospital.

Medicare and most insurance carriers cover palliative care consults.

Contact Us

MultiCare Palliative Care

MultiCare Auburn Medical Center: 253-545-2807

MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital: 253-697-2861

MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital: 253-403-3087

Palliative Care Providers

Tram Chu, MD

Kathleen Hurlow, MD

Jessica Kuculyn, MSW

Zeeba Mathews, MD

Lori Olson, MN, RN, CHPN

Cheryl Pate, MSN, ARNP, FNB-BC

Francesca Stracke, ARNP

John VanBuskirk, DO

Tauri Wicklund, ARNP

Maia Syfers, ARNP