Our Mission & Vision
According to the World Health Organization:
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual.
According to the Center to Advance Palliative Care:
Palliative care, and the medical sub-specialty of palliative medicine, is specialized medical care for people living with serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Palliative care is provided by a team of palliative care doctors, nurses, social workers and others who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.
The Supportive Care Coalition
Our goal is to ensure that every Catholic health ministry has palliative care as a part of its core services so that we are known as much for palliative care as for our concern for the poor and vulnerable. This goal is reflected in the Coalition's mission and vision.
We are a coalition of Catholic health ministries, informed by our faith and values, advancing excellence in palliative care. We believe palliative care is a hallmark of Catholic healthcare through which God's healing love is revealed.
All persons living with or affected by serious illness will receive
high quality, compassionate care that integrates their physical, spiritual, cultural, and relational dimensions.