South County Hospital

Inpatient Palliative Care at South County Hospital

A partnership with Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island

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South County Hospital's inpatient palliative care program provides relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for the patient, and his or her family, while curative treatments are underway.

Palliative care is provided by a team of specialists—doctors, nurses, and social workers.  The Hospital partners with two board-certified palliative care specialists from Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island: Amy Charron, NP, andMercedes Pacheco, MD.  Hospital Case Manager Holly Fuscaldo acts as a full-time, on-site palliative care social worker. A chaplain is also available to support the psychosocial needs of patients receiving palliative care. 

Benefits of Palliative Care

Palliative care has been shown to be tremendously useful for patients of any age and across a range of diagnoses. Unlike hospice care, which is non-curative and used for those with a terminal illness, palliative care can be used for short-term alleviation of symptoms or longer-term support of chronic diseases, such as congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic pain, cancer and many other conditions or illnesses. Palliative care means:

  • better communication between patients and caregivers;
  • better coordination of care;
  • improved ability to tolerate medical treatments and associated side effects;
  • emotional, practical, and spiritual support for you and your family;
  • relief from pain and other symptoms that erode quality of life

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative care. 

How do I know if I qualify for inpatient palliative care?

At South County Hospital, a patient is identified as a candidate for palliative care through a series of questions during the admission process.  The total score determines whether a referral for palliative care is made by the attending physician or hospitalist.  The Palliative Care Team then develops a care plan.  
Th palliative care program at South County Hospital is led by the Hospital's Palliative Care Task Force, headed by Russ Corcoran, MD, in collaboration with Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island

For more information about South County Hospital's inpatient palliative care program, call Case Manager Holly Fuscaldo at 401 788-1505.