Palliative Care

Palliative Care focuses on the relief of the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. It is medical care that concentrates on providing comfort, preserving dignity and promoting quality of life and is integrated with all other medical treatments the patient needs.

Who Benefits

Palliative Care is available to patients with serious or chronic illness who are admitted to Southeast Hospital and are at least 18 years of age. The team can help the patient and his or her family work through the complex and overwhelming information that comes with a medical treatment plan as well as provide sources of support when planning for after hospital care.

A serious illness might include the following:

  • ALS
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • COPD
  • CHF
  • Dementia
  • Kidney Disease
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma
  • Liver Disease
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stroke

What Our Team Can Do For You

  • Our experts can treat pain and bring symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, depression and anxiety under control to maximize your quality of life. We help you gain a better understanding of your medical condition and choices of treatment.
  • We will answer questions from patients and families about their illness and provide them assistance and emotional support when making difficult medical decisions. Your values and personal choices are always respected.
  • We provide the coordination of care and treatment with your doctors and care team.
  • Our team will identify support services to help you and your family during and after your hospital stay.
  • Our goal is to help you maintain the most comfortable, independent and active life possible.

Q & A

When is the right time for Palliative Care?

Palliative Care helps in all stages of serious illness. It is best introduced early along with curative treatment.

Is Palliative Care the same as Hospice Care?

No, Hospice Care is meant specifically for those approaching the last stage of life. Palliative Care is appropriate for patients in all stages of a serious illness.

Is Palliative Care covered by insurance?

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover Palliative Care services. If you have concerns regarding costs, please talk with a Palliative Care team member so they can answer your questions.

How do I request Palliative Care?

To begin, ask your doctor to make a referral to Palliative Care. A member of the team will visit with you on the next business day after the physician’s order is received to assess eligibility for care.

Our Palliative Care Team

Our team of specially trained physicians and nurses work with your doctor and other medical support services to provide the best possible care.

Teal Biri
Teal Biri,
Donald Edwards, MD
Moore Andrew
Andrew Moore, MD
Pam Richardet web
Pam Richardet,
Vickie Schnurbusch
Vickie Schnurbusch,

Contact Us

Southeast Hospital Palliative Care Services
1701 Lacey St.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone 573-331-6898

Services Available Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.