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Palliative Care

Palliative care gives an extra layer of support to patients with serious illnesses or injuries as well as life-threatening illnesses. We work to improve the quality of life of patients and families.  We help patients cope with their symptoms. Our team works with other providers to give the best care possible that fits within a patient's wishes.

We help you

  • Manage symptoms (pain, nausea, fatigue, weakness, breathing problems, sleep issues, constipation or weight loss)

  • Talk about and plan your treatment with your whole care team

  • Make plans for future care and difficult health choices

  • Find emotional and spiritual support through counseling or community resources

Palliative care versus hospice care

Both hospice and palliative care give support and comfort. However, palliative care is given to patients at any stage of a serious illness or injury. Hospice is for patients near the end-of-life who are no longer receiving cure-related treatment.

We aim to improve the patient's quality of life and reduce their symptoms at any point along the treatment path.

How to get palliative care

Anyone — patients, families or health care providers — can request palliative care services.

For patients in the hospital, the physician in charge or your care can ask for palliative care. For patients not in the hospital, call Legacy Medical Group-Palliative Care at 503.413.6862 for more information. 

Our providers

Kristin Burdick, D.O.
Lori Eckel, LCSW, AHP-SW, OS W-C, social worker       
Laura Mahar, A.N.P.
Heather Mikes, D.O.
Kathleen Moneymaker, R.N., CHPN
Tamara Scott, P.N.P (pediatric)
Joe Stenger, M.D., medical director, LMG-Palliative Care
Tula Top, M. D. (adult and pediatric)
Mary Buckland, F.N.P. (family)

Our locations

Legacy Health offers palliative care to patients in our hospitals and at the outpatient clinics below.

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Medical Office Building 3
300 N. Graham St., Ste. 320
Portland, OR 97227
Phone: 503-413-6862

Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
Medical Office Building 3
1130 N.W. 22nd Ave., Ste. 110
Portland, OR 97210
Phone: 503-413-6862

Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center
Medical Office Building 4
25050 S.E. Stark St.
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: 503-413-6862

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
Medical Office Building A
2121 N.E. 139th St., Ste. 400
Vancouver, WA 98686
Phone: 503-413-6862