Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Palliative care offers specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness and provides patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of their disease, and improves the quality of life for both patient and the family.

Evidenced-based care

Palliative care treats the symptoms and stress of serious illness. Palliative care is appropriate at any age or stage of illness and can be provided with curative treatment.

Our palliative nurse practitioner improves the quality of life with additional layers of care and support for both the family and the patient with a serious illness.

Care based on need, not prognosis

Palliative care is often misunderstood, and it is essential to recognize that palliative care is not end-of-life care. Palliative care focuses on a team-driven approach that centers on patient-centered care goals such as quality of life, symptom burden, emotional well-being, communication, continuity of care, and caregiver burden.

When is palliative care right for you?

Palliative care may be right for you if you suffer from physical, emotional and spiritual stress, pain or other symptoms due to serious illness. Illnesses may include cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and more. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of illness and along with the treatment meant to cure. It is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid and delivered in various settings, including home and at assisted living facilities.

Begin early

Palliative care can co-occur with all other treatments for your illness, and there is no reason to wait. Some studies have shown that palliative care may extend life. Pain and other symptoms affect your quality of life, and stress can impact your family; palliative care can help. Ask your doctor for a referral. Our palliative care team works together with your primary care provider and other specialists.

Department hours

Tuesday–Friday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm


2500 W. Sims Way, Port Townsend


Michele Browning

p) 360.385.0610

relief from the stress and
symptoms of serious illness

Jefferson Healthcare Palliative Care Team strives to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. We work together with your other providers to give an extra layer of supportive treatment.

Jefferson Healthcare is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for compliance with a comprehensive set of national standards.  By choosing a healthcare provider that has achieved ACHC accreditation, you can take comfort in knowing that you will receive the highest quality of care.

high-quality care

Palliative care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering,  Our palliative care team is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Founded in 1978, NHPCO members and programs are dedicated to providing the best in patient-centered care.

Your Team

Joseph Mattern III, MD, FAAFP & HMDC

Family Medicine+3 Additional Services
p) 360.379.8031

Sheridan Building

Jefferson Healthcare Clinic

+1 Additional locations

Sheridan Building

Jefferson Healthcare Clinic

+1 Additional locations

Kevin Bowman, MD, FAAEM

Medical Center

Jefferson Healthcare Clinic

Medical Center

Jefferson Healthcare Clinic

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