WCCH Opens Palliative Care Clinic

September 1, 2016

Wythe County Community Hospital and Wythe Physician Practices is pleased to announce the opening of its palliative care clinic. Dr. John Turski, will lead the interdisciplinary palliative care team as the medical director and staff physician.

Palliative care is a unique collaboration between physicians, social workers, registered nurses and chaplains working to provide patients with serious illnesses an extensive, personalized form of clinical care. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of a patient's illness and during the same time as curative treatments Palliative care services provide physical, emotional, social and spiritual support for patients and their caregivers, while facilitating clear understanding about the nature of their illnesses to make timely, informed decisions about their care.

“At Wythe County Community Hospital, we offer the continuum of care, from the beginning of life to the end of life and we are very pleased to be able to add palliative care to the continuum of services we provide throughout SW Virginia. Patients and their families deserve care that will improve their quality of life, and palliative care is a way in which we can deliver on our mission of making communities healthier,” said Chad Melton, CEO. “To me, palliative medicine allows our team to focus on the person, not just the condition.”

“The earlier palliative care becomes involved, the better we can provide support throughout the course of an individual's serious illness”, said John Turski, DO, palliative care physician. “I am excited to work with this team as we help with the needs of patents with life-limiting illnesses who do not yet qualify for, or are not ready to choose Hospice care, as well as those who may have “graduated” from hospice and can still benefit from a comprehensive program to manage their symptoms and psycho-social and spiritual needs.”

For more information about Wythe Palliative Care, contact the office at 590 West Ridge Road, Suite F, Wytheville, VA 24382 or call 276.625.8855.