Palliative Care

Palliative Care Unit
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Good Samaritan Building, 4th Floor
1086 Franklin Street
Johnstown, PA 15905
(814) 534-1800

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center's Palliative Care Unit provides relief to patients suffering from pain, symptoms, and stress associated with serious illness. With assistance of pain and symptom control, patients can maintain strength and quality of life throughout the illness including but not limited to heart disease, lung ailments, Alzheimer's Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease), and multiple sclerosis. Palliative care is available at any time during an illness and is often provided while patients are receiving curative treatments. 

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center's Palliative Care Unit includes private rooms decorated in calming colors and equipped with sleeper sofa beds for family members who wish to stay with loved ones. Additional amenities are provided for the patient and family to create a calming and relaxing environment for comfort and healing.

Our team of physicians, certified registered nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, dietitians, home health professionals, and spiritual care staff provide relief to patients suffering from pain and debilitating medical symptoms. 


Palliative Care is not the same as Hospice Care

Palliative care is available to patients at any time during illness while admitted as an inpatient to the hospital. Hospice care is meant for patients in the final months of life. Unlike hospice, palliative care can be received at the same time as curative treatments.


Relieving Pain and Symptoms

Meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our patients is our priority. Our palliative care team provides:

  • Pain management
  • Relief from symptoms including nausea, dizziness, fatigue, constipation, and shortness of breath
  • Massage therapy
  • Stress management
  • Counseling
  • Patient, family, and caregiver support in understanding patient's care plan

Benefits to Patient and Family

  • Pain and symptom support
  • Assistance in understanding patient's condition and options for care
  • Communication between patient, family, and physicians to ensure patient needs are fully met including goals for care, aid in decision making, and seamless care coordination
  • Comfortable and supportive atmosphere to relieve stress and anxiety
  • Help with addressing options for life completion and life closure