Department of Family and Social Medicine

Palliative Care Service

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is the comprehensive care of patients with advanced and often incurable medical illnesses. Its goal is to relieve physical, emotional and spiritual suffering while preserving the psychosocial and physical functioning of the patient and his/her family to the fullest extent possible. 

The Montefiore Palliative Care (PCARE) Service provides coordinated interdisciplinary care on both a consultative and primary care basis for patients with progressive, incurable illness. PCARE works with patients and families to relieve symptoms, enhance quality of life, provide emotional and spiritual support, and assist with advance care planning.

When is Palliative Care Needed?

When patients have been diagnosed with serious illness and...

  • Pain and other symptoms interfere with the patient's quality of life
  • Help is needed to clarify the goals of care for the patient
  • Help is needed in end-of-life planning and decision making
  • Families and caregivers need assistance with bereavement and grief
  • Children in the family are affected by the patient's illness
  • Emotional or spiritual distress is unrelieved
  • Problems arise from advanced illness
  • Disease-focused treatments are no longer helping

Palliative care can often be provided in conjunction with curative treatment. It is not necessary for the patient to be in the last days of illness for these needs to be met. The transition to palliative care is a process. As the end of life approaches, the role of palliative care increases, according to the patient's and family's approval and acceptance of the changing goals of care.

The PCARE Program Offers:

  • Expert treatment of pain and other symptoms of chronic illness
  • Care of patients' and families' psychosocial needs, including group and individual counseling
  • Pastoral and spiritual care
  • Assistance with advanced care planning, discussion of goals of care, and contingency planning
  • Bereavement services
  • Coordinated services across the continuum of care
  • Referral to hospice
  • Support for professional caregivers and staff

Palliative Care Team

Administration

 
 

Attending Physicians

Dr. Jhosselini Cardenas Mori Palliative Care Family Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NY Jhosselini Cardenas Mori, M.D.
E-mail: jcardena@montefiore.org  
Dr. Elizabeth Chuang Palliative Care Family Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NYElizabeth Chuang, M.D.
Phone: 718.920.6378
E-mail: echuang@montefiore.org  
Dr. Priya Pinto Palliative Care Family Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NYPriya Pinto, M.D.
Associate Fellowship Director
Phone: 718.920.6378
E-mail: pandrade@montefiore.org  
 
 

Nursing Staff

Bernadette Huvane, NP
Phone: 718.920.6378
E-mail: bhuvane@montefiore.org  
Marlene E. McHugh, DNP, FNP-BC
Associate Medical Director
Phone:718.920.7089
E-mail: mmchugh@montefiore.org 
 
 

Research

Dr. Arthur E. Blank Palliative Care Family Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NYArthur E. Blank, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Evaluations of Health Programs
Co-Director, Division of Research, Department of Family and Social Medicine

Phone: 718.920.6210
E-mail: ablank@montefiore.org  
Ronit Fallek
Director, Healing Arts Program
Phone: 718.920.6576
E-mail: rfallek@montefiore.org
 

Contact Us

Palliative Care Service
3335 Steuben Avenue
Bronx, New York 10467

Phone: 718.920.6378
Page: 917.729.6232 (9AM-5PM)
Phone (nights, weekends, emergencies): 718.920.8282
E-mail: pselwyn@montefiore.org or jfausto@montefiore.org  
 

Palliative Care Fellowship

A 1-year joint training program with Montefiore Medical Center and Visiting Nurse Service hospice.

Palliative Care Fellowship>> 

 
 
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