Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital
Palliative Care Program
The Palliative Care Center coordinates an inpatient palliative care ward (4NW at Froedtert Hospital), as part of a swing-bed mixed Internal Medicine/Palliative Medicine ward. Patients admitted to the palliative care ward have specialty level needs for complex pain/symptom management or complex family systems issues, or are imminently dying. All unit nurses are cross-trained in palliative care. A palliative care admission has priority over medicine admissions; there is no upper limit on the number of palliative care patients.
Unit admissions come directly from the Emergency Department, the Intensive Care Units, home hospice programs for inpatient acute care, or transfers from other hospital wards. The Palliative Care Consultation Team sees all unit patients, but remains a consult service. A palliative care suite is available for families, along with two family meeting rooms, and kitchenette facilities. Twice weekly interdisciplinary team meetings with nursing, social service, discharge planning, chaplaincy, and others helps to coordinate care.