LCMH Palliative Care Program Offers Chronically Ill Patients an Improved Quality of Life
Fifty-eight year old John Konczal never imagined that he would find himself battling stage-four pancreatic cancer. For John, living with pancreatic cancer has been extremely difficult emotionally and physically. John has frequent sharp and excruciating pain followed by severe nausea and vomiting. On April 2014, John was admitted to Little Company of Mary Hospital for not being able to eat in days. “It got so bad that I couldn’t take my medication or drink water,” said John.
It was at Little Company of Mary Hospital where John and his wife, Phillis were introduced to Dr. Syed Mohsin, the Medical Director of the Hospital’s Palliative Care program. Dr. Mohsin started John on a comprehensive nausea and pain management treatment plan and within a day, John was pain-free and eating on his own. “I’m very grateful for the Palliative Care services offered at Little Company of Mary, and the nurses who administered my pain medication which helped me get a goodnights sleep and start eating again,” said John.
“John is a perfect candidate for Palliative Care,” said Dr. Mohsin. Palliative Care is specialized medical care that aims to prevent and relieve suffering as well as improve the quality of life for patients with chronic disease or life-threatening illness. Palliative Care provides patients with an extra layer of support and is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness. “Palliative care is a partnership between the patient, medical specialists and family,” said Dr. Mohsin. “We all work together to relieve suffering and provide the best possible quality of life for those facing a severe illness.”
Thanks to the Palliative Care treatment at Little Company of Mary Hospital, John can manage his disease and enjoy hunting, building model planes and ships, restoring old vehicles and spending all his time with his wife of over 21 years.
Little Company of Mary Hospital has a dedicated team of experts, including Palliative Care doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains who work together with the patient’s doctor to provide a compassionate and effective treatment plan. The dedicated unit, located in the new West Pavilion Tower, includes inpatient beds with day beds in each room and a unit family room, furnished with a kitchen and bathroom for family members.
Palliative Care helps hospitals meet pain management and other quality standards required by Joint Commission. The U.S. News and World Report now include the presence of Palliative Care services among its evaluation criteria for best hospitals. If you or someone you know is facing a serious or chronic illness and would like more information about Palliative Care or Dr. Syed Mohsin, please visit lcmh.org/palliativecare.
John and Phillis Konczal