When you or a loved one face the challenges of advanced complex illness, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s OACIS Palliative Medicine program, a service specializing in palliative care, can help by streamlining your care and providing calm in the midst of confusion.
Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided together with curative treatment. OACIS stands for optimizing advanced complex illness support. We are a team of doctors, advanced practice nurses and other caregivers who are skilled at helping make your journey easier. We provide assistance with managing difficult symptoms, can make house calls and can help facilitate conversations with family members or other health professionals involved in your care. If you require hospitalization, we can be there to make sure all your doctors know what kind of care you want.
Patients and family members should speak with their primary care physician to request a referral to OACIS Supportive Care, or to the attending physician in the hospital for an inpatient consult.