Clinical Care (Overview)
The Palliative Care Center at Froedtert Hospital was organized in 1993 to provide clinical care to seriously ill patients at Froedtert Hospital, a 450 bed academic non-profit tertiary care hospital, the primary teaching hospital for the Medical College of Wisconsin. Clinical care is coordinated through a clinical consultation service, inpatient unit, and outpatient clinic; staffed by four physicians, four palliative care nurses, a psychologist, and palliative care fellows. Over 1100 new patients were seen in 2007. The clinical program is overseen by the Hospital's Palliative Care Committee which provides direction for quality improvement, staff education, and clinical guideline development. Extensive educational training to medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty is offered by the Program along with community outreach efforts. The Program was recognized by the American Health Association's Circle of Life Award in 2004.