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The UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Each November, the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute celebrates National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

Throughout the month, the teams of PSI staff at UPMC hospitals, outpatient clinics, and skilled nursing facilities host events and educational programs for clinical staff and the general public.

While the disciplines of palliative medicine and hospice care are not new, there is still a lot more to do to increase awareness of not only the role of palliative and supportive care, but its benefits to seriously ill patients and their families.

Throughout the month, we’ll be posting educational videos, articles, and other materials to help you understand what palliative care is, who it can help, and why it’s such a vital part of care for patients with serious illness.

Our Goals are Simple

The UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute and its staff focus on treating patients experiencing or living with a serious or life-limiting illness. Our focus is on managing and treating symptoms, reassuring, and helping patients and their families have the best possible quality of life during their illness.

Even when a cure is not possible, we recognize the importance of treating patients and their families according to their own goals and wishes for care, whatever the illness or prognosis.

The clinicians of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute work collaboratively with other health care professionals throughout UPMC to provide the support and services that can make life's transitions less stressful:

Life has meaning. We are here to ensure that patients, families, and caregivers have the opportunity to experience each moment with dignity and grace.​

Palliative and Supportive Institute on KDKA Radio

Listen to KDKA Radio on November 4 to hear UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute Spiritual and Bereavement Coordinator, Edward Lewis, discuss aspects of grief and bereavement, and how to cope with the loss of a family member or loved one during the holiday period.

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