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New Palliative Medicine Hotline Reaches California
Date:10/13/2009

The Institute for Palliative Medicine in San Diego officially launches PAL-MED CONNECT

California's first statewide consultative service for palliative care

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health care professionals in California communities lacking palliative medicine resources can now access top quality palliative care consultative and educational support through a new hotline provided by The Institute for Palliative Medicine.

Palliative care provides advanced pain and symptom management to those suffering from complex chronic or life-limiting illnesses. Now physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and clinical pharmacists anywhere in the state can call and get help providing the best possible care for those suffering and in need of palliative care.

The hotline, formally called the "California Palliative Care Consultation Center Hotline," is better known as PAL- MED CONNECT. Launched in the San Diego region in July, it is now available across California and can be accessed by calling (toll free) 1-877-PAL-MED4. There is also a companion web site at www.palmedconnect.org.

"The need for access to consultative resources in palliative care is great," noted Dr. Charles von Gunten, Provost of The Institute for Palliative Medicine. "Yet there are only 273 board-certified palliative care physicians in California and many smaller communities and rural areas don't have any to serve their residents. As our population ages, the need will only increase. We want this hotline to become the lifeline that helps caring professionals bring Californians relief from suffering."

PAL-MED CONNECT is made possible through a grant from UnitedHealth Group. "Thanks to the grant from UnitedHealth Group, we can share everything we've learned from our research and our clinical practice at The Institute b
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SOURCE San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine
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