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Atlanta VA Health Care System


Palliative Care (Inpatient)

Our inpatient unit is dedicated to the support and care of veterans with potentially life-threatening illnesses as well as the support of the veteran's family. Our mission is to provide compassionate, holistic care to our veterans. We strive to lessen all forms of suffering, in a setting that assists our veterans to find a peace of mind, body and spirit.

A team of specialists, together with the veteran and his/her family, strives to ensure that the wishes of the veteran are achieved. The team consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, chaplains, a clinical psychologist as well as other specialty support services available within an acute care hospital. Each member of the team is committed to providing comfort and recognizing the dignity and value of each veteran while enabling him/her to live each day to the fullest.


The inpatient palliative care unit is available to accept veterans on the newly renovated 8th floor at the Atlanta VA Medical Center on Clairmont Road in Decatur, Georgia.

Services provided

  • 24 hour available physician coverage
  • 24 hour pharmacy
  • 24 hour skilled nursing care
  • Specialized pain management
  • Full time social worker and bereavement support
  • Psychological counseling
  • Caregiver Support Groups
  • Multi-denominational pastoral services

Acceptance criteria

The hospice and palliative care unit accepts veterans with potentially life threatening illness for acute pain and symptom management, family support, dynamic discussions of goals of care, and hospice care. Veterans accepted to the palliative care unit must be reviewed and accepted by the palliative care unit attending physician. The unit is not intended for long term care. Veterans appropriate for community home and inpatient hospices will be referred upon discharge as appropriate.

Other Resources

Bereavement / Grief Support

Contact Info


  • Atlanta VAMC

Contact Number(s)

  • 404-321-6111 Ext. 4375

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm