Palliative Care

Offering Compassionate, Personalized Care

The Albany Med Health System's palliative care teams offer compassionate and personalized care to patients at any stage of illness. Our teams coordinate across specialties to help our patients manage pain and the stress of a serious illness, and meet with patients and their families to discuss the benefits or risks of treatments and procedures. We want you to make informed decisions about the care and treatment that are right for you.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is available to patients at any stage of an illness. Palliative care helps people live as well as they can for as long as they can.

We offer complete medical, psychosocial and spiritual palliative care aimed at lessening pain. We also provide emotional support to the entire family during this time.

The Journeys program is Albany Medical Center's pediatric palliative care program, part of the Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital.

Care Throughout the Region

To speak with the Palliative Care team at Albany Medical Center, call 518-262-5636.

Our team at Columbia Memorial Health works closely with The Community Hospice to provide patients with comfort and dignity in the final stages of life.

The palliative care team at Glens Falls Hospital offers an elevated approach to illness that focuses on relieving pain and alleviating stress. The team provides support based on your specific needs and will coordinate with your medical and surgical specialists to give you the best guidance and care that we can under the circumstances of your hospitalization.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life, reduce suffering, and enhance the hospital experience of patients with serious illness. We advocate for informed decision-making and support the identification of patient and family preferences and goals. We collaborate with the full Glens Falls Hospital care team to apply evidence-based treatment for relief of pain, and other symptoms, with an interdisciplinary approach to reduce physical, psychosocial and spiritual suffering of our patients and their families.

Services include:

  • Managing symptoms like pain and anxiety that interfere with daily life
  • Meeting with you and your family to discuss your disease and the benefits and risks of treatments and procedures
  • Providing information about what to expect in the future so that you can decide what treatments are right for you
  • Helping you manage the stress of serious illness
  • Exploring your situation and recommending support services in your home, to enhance quality of life at home and potentially prevent the need to return to the hospital
  • Assisting you to complete advance directives such as a health care proxy and living will

Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Palliative Care is provided on the inpatient units at Saratoga Hospital as well as in an outpatient setting, provided at Saratoga Hospital Medical Offices in Wilton. Our health care professionals are highly committed to their patients, providing personalized, compassionate care. They work closely with a patient’s hospitalist, primary care provider, and physician specialist. The Palliative Care providers work alongside a team of Hospital and community professionals, including care managers, social workers, spiritual care providers, nurses, and others.

Your hospitalist can help you best determine if our inpatient palliative care services are right for you. Outpatient palliative care may be referred by hospitalist, primary care providers, and specialists. Patients are also welcome to self-refer. Outpatient care provides the same services as inpatient care with the addition of home visits, depending on patient eligibility.

Services include:

  • Treatment and symptom relief
  • Supportive care, including psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual support, and community resource referral
  • Care planning and guidance with difficult and complex choices
  • Home visits. Eligibility depends on the patient's mobility, level of illness severity, and access to transportation.

To speak with a provider for inpatient care, request a consult from your inpatient hospital physician. For outpatient services, consult with your primary care provider or other specialist, or call 518-886-5061.

Ayesha Sooriabalan, MD
Palliative Care is humbling work that I am passionate about. I do my best to advocate for my patients through their hospitalization, helping them understand all treatment options and the complexities of medical decision-making. My role is about living as well as we can, as long as we can.”
Ayesha Sooriabalan, MD