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Supportive & Palliative Care

Seacoast Supportive & Palliative Care is focused on improving the quality of life for you and your family by reducing the physical and emotional burden of illness, through expert use of symptom management, supportive counseling and advanced care planning. Clinical guidelines recommend that all patients with serious illness be offered supportive and palliative services early in the course of the disease and throughout all stages of treatment. Through supportive and palliative care, you may experience milder symptoms, require less time in the hospital and report feeling better. Palliative Care clinicians work closely with Hospitalists to provide comprehensive care designed especially for your needs.

How can Seacoast Supportive & Palliative Care help you and your family?

  • Symptom management: expertise in treating pain, fatigue, constipation, breathing difficulties, nausea, loss of appetite, anxiety and depression. Ultimate goal is to prevent and ease suffering and improve your quality of life.
  • Advanced care planning:  guidance with difficult treatment decisions, help with navigating the health care system, assistance with Advanced Directives.
  • Strong physical, emotional and spiritual support throughout all stages of illness
  • Supportive counseling: clear and compassionate communication with doctors and family members. Nurse navigators, chaplains and social workers assistance­ with coordination of care with community services.

Palliative care is a central part of treatment for serious or life-threatening illnesses. The information in this website will help you understand how you or someone close to you can benefit from this type of care.

Contact information:

Supportive & Palliative Care
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
789 Central Ave
Dover, NH 03820

Phone: 603-740-3330
Fax: 603-740-6543

Talk to your provider about Supportive and Palliative Care

services today!

 

 

 MEET OUR TEAM!

 MEET OUR TEAM

Agata Marszalek, MD

Education & Training
Degree-Granting Education
2003 Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland; MD, Medicine

Postgraduate Training
2008-2011 Internal Medicine Residency, NSLIJ Forest Hills Hospital, Forest Hills, NY
2011-2012 Geriatric Fellowship, North Shore-LIJ Health System, New Hyde Park, NY
2012-2013 Palliative Medicine and Hospice Fellowship, North Shore-LIJ Health System
New Hyde Park, NY

Board Certifications
8/2011 Hospice and Palliative Medicine
11/2012 Geriatric Medicine
10/2014 Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Memberships in Professional Societies
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Member

 

Amy Dumont

 

Michele Loos, APRN

Ms. Loos joined the Wentworth Health Partners team after completing the Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate Program at the University of New Hampshire where she also earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing. Michele is also board certified in Hospice and Palliative Nursing.

 

Barbara Stuart, RN, CHPN

Ms. Stuart is the Clinical Coordinator of Seacoast Supportive & Palliative Care and is a board certified hospice and palliative nurse. She joined the WDH Palliative Care Team as Nurse Coordinator in 2009. Her leadership, work-life experience and caring nature are valued assets to the WDH Supportive and Palliative Care Program.

 

Patricia Coughlin

 

Shelly Snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO LINKS

Early Palliative Care: Improving Quality of Life POLST in New Hampshire
 Advance Care Planning Atul Gawande's "Being Mortal" 60 Minutes PBS Special

  

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOCUMENTS

IN THE NEWS

Palliative Care - the treatment that respects pain
The Buffalo News - taken from The New York Times, December 7, 2013

Anyone faced with a life-threatening or chronic illness should be so lucky as Catherine, a 27-year-old waitress in New York.  Dr. Diane E. Meier, a palliative care specialist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, recalled her young patient’s story in an article published in 2011 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Letting Go
The New Yorker, August 2, 2010. 
Modern medicine is good at staving off death with aggressive interventions—and bad at knowing when to focus, instead, on improving the days that terminal patients have left.
A Better Kind of Care
Boston.com July 24, 2011
At Mass. General, and a growing list of hospitals nationwide, teams trained in palliative medicine are changing the way patients and their families live with serious illness – and cope with its toughest decisions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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