ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Mercy Hospital has become the first in the Midwest to receive advanced palliative care certification by The Joint Commission.
According to a spokesperson for the hospital, the palliative care addresses "a patient's physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and facilitates patient independence, access to information and choice."
Mercy's palliative care program was set into motion in 2004 by Gail Hurt, a registered nurse. In July 2008 Dr. Susan Pearson joined the team. The team now consists of two physicians and four nurse practitioners who see patients in the hospital and at an outpatient clinic.
"When being treated for life-limiting illnesses, our patients must be full participants in their care decision, enabling them to choose how they want to live," said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy. "The true goal of palliative care is: to educate, to empower and to respect our patients and their choices."
The Joint Commission is the oldest and largest accrediting body in health care in the United States.
For more information on Mercy Hospital, visit their website.