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Atlanta VA Health Care System

 

Palliative Care (Outpatient)

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is a medical specialty that helps patients and their families live as fully as possible when faced with a potentially life-threatening illness. Palliative care aims to alleviate suffering and promote quality of life, and addresses physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs.

Unlike hospice care, which focuses on end-of-life care, palliative services are provided during any phase of a serious illness, including active treatments such as chemotherapy. This type of care assists patients with independence, access to information, and choice.

What is hospice?

Hospice care is a type of palliative care that is offered to patients with life-threatening illness in the last six months of life if the disease runs its usual course. Patients may live longer than 6 months.

Palliative Care Services Available at the Atlanta VA

Consult services:

  • Outpatient Clinic: There are 5 half day clinics located in the Bronze Clinic on the 11th floor of the Atlanta VAMC on Clairmont Rd in Decatur GA. Your primary care provider, specialist provider, or social worker can refer you or you can call 404-321-6111 ext. 4375 to reach Bill Roush, ARNP-BC, ACHPN, Palliative Care Coordinator, to schedule a visit.
  • Atlanta VA Medical Center Inpatient Consult Service: Consults are available for patients who are admitted to the hospital. Your physician, nurse or social worker can refer you, or you can page the palliative care service consultation pager at: 404-336-0070 to reach the palliative care clinician on call.
  • Eagle's Nest CLC: Consults are available for patients who are admitted to the Eagle's Nest community living center. Your physician, nurse or social worker can refer you, or you can call ext. 4375 to reach Bill Roush, ARNP-BC, ACHPN, Palliative Care Coordinator, to request a consult.

Inpatient Palliative Care Unit at the Atlanta VA:

Located in the Atlanta VA Medical Center acute care setting, an inpatient unit is available for acute management of pain and other symptoms. Read more here. All patients must meet acute care criteria and are co-managed by their primary team as well as the palliative medicine specialist.

Georgia Hospice - Veteran Partnership (GHVP):

A coalition of VA facilities and community hospice organizations that is committed to work together to ensure excellent care for veterans at the end of life. Read more here. 

Other Resources

Bereavement / Grief Support

Contact Info

Location

  • Atlanta VAMC

Contact Number(s)

  • 404-321-6111 Ext. 4375

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm