Pen Bay Healthcare is pleased to announce Sarah Dwelley’s new position as Palliative Care coordinator. Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care, Sarah Dwelley, RN, first came to Maine to work at Kno-Wal-Lin as director of Hospice and Palliative Care from 2001-2010. In her new role, Dwelley will be actively developing and coordinating Pen Bay Healthcare’s Palliative Care Program and Services within Pen Bay Medical Center as well as for Knox Center for Long Term Care and Quarry Hill Retirement Community.
Palliative Care is a relatively new specialty in our national health care system, and is an important service for those with advanced or serious illnesses. To ‘palliate’ means to alleviate, to reduce, to ameliorate, or to improve. Palliative Care services work to reduce discomfort from symptoms such as pain, nausea or fatigue. It helps patients more clearly understand their illness and what treatment options are available so that they can make a fully informed decision about their care. As a member of the Palliative Care team which consists of a doctor, nurse, social worker and chaplain, Dwelley will assist patients in defining their goals and communicating these wishes to their doctor. Team members also provide emotional and spiritual support—extra time for listening to patients and family concerns and help in navigating the health system. Palliative Care is a service that is reminiscent of ‘good old fashioned medicine’ and adds an extra layer of support to patients and families during difficult times.
Ms. Dwelley can be reached at 596-8301.