Stockbridge, Ga. (June 25, 2013) – A new program at Piedmont Henry Hospital is now available to help patients enhance their quality of life by managing symptoms, pain and the stress of serious, chronic or terminal conditions.
Kevin Goodlow, M.D., who is board-certified in internal medicine and palliative care, leads the new palliative care program at Piedmont Henry and consults with patients and families at the request of the patient’s physician.
“I meet with patients and their families who are grieving and suffering from serious medical conditions that cause physical and emotional pain,” said Dr. Goodlow. “My goal is to meet these patients and families where they are emotionally, give them a sense of what to expect and control or alleviate their physical symptoms with medicine.”
Palliative care can take place at any stage of illness, offering patients’ pain relief and control of symptoms like nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping.
“I help patients and their families navigate the decisions surrounding the goals of their care with compassion and the knowledge that I understand their fears, and they are not alone,” said Dr. Goodlow. “The stress from the illnesses these families face alone can be daunting and if I can help alleviate that, I know I’ve made a difference.”
For more information about the new palliative care program at Piedmont Henry, visit piedmonthenry.org.