Supportive and Palliative Care

The Supportive and Palliative Care team gives care and support for patients and families living with serious illness, whether that illness is curable, chronic, or life threatening.

The goal is to improve your quality of life while you are ill. The team helps manage pain and other symptoms, and provides emotional, social, and spiritual support.

Palliative care is provided by a team, including doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, music therapist, chaplains, and other professionals.

The team works with the patient's primary medical doctor. Care can be provided if you are staying in the hospital, if you come in for a clinic visit, at an assisted living facility, or your home.

Any clinical staff member involved in the care of an inpatient or outpatient may refer to Supportive and Palliative Care.

We work to:

  • Provide emotional, social, and spiritual support
  • Decrease pain and control symptoms
  • Alleviate fear and grief
  • Help coordinate and determine goals of care
  • Help patients and families understand what’s happening

Where Do I Begin?

If you want support on any of these issues, ask your doctor to refer you to Supportive and Palliative Care, or call us at 1-319-384-8690.

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Information for Donors

Gifts to Supportive and Palliative Care provide resources for our physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and palliative care staff to further their education in palliative medicine, and enhance the experience of our patients and families.

To make a gift or honor the memory of your loved one, please contact Megan Rife with the University of Iowa Center for Advancement at megan.rife@foriowa.org or 1-319-467-3404. You can also make a gift online.

Care Team

Supportive Care

  • Carol Harshman, RN
  • Margaret Schmalle, RN