TUCSON, Ariz. – July 9, 2012 – Palliative care has become one of the most valuable offerings available for hospitalized patients facing serious diseases.
What is it? Palliative Care is a system of care directed at the relief of suffering, diligent symptom control, and support to create the best quality of life for any patient with a serious, life-threatening illness, at any stage in the disease. Additionally, when the burdens of treating an illness outweigh the benefits, the goal of a patient's care may change from curing to comfort so he or she can enjoy the time they have remaining.

Carondelet was the first healthcare system in Southern Arizona to introduce to concept of palliative care in hospital settings. Now, the Ministry is expanding its Palliative Care program.
On July 12, Carondelet’s first class of Palliative Care Resource Nurses will celebrate their graduation. These 25 associates, employed at St. Mary’s, St. Joseph’s and Holy Cross hospitals, have invested the time needed to become educated on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness. They will each receive a special designation as a Palliative Care Resource Nurse.

Palliative Care Resource Nurse Designation Celebration & Pinning Ceremony
Thursday, July 12, 2012
2-4 pm
St. Mary’s Hospital
1601 W. St. Mary’s Road
8th Floor Centurion Room
Tucson, Arizona

“Palliative care improves the quality of life for patients facing life-threatening illnesses,” notes Dr. Peter Brown, Medical Director of Carondelet Hospice and Palliative Care Program. “Our program offers people relief, assessment, acceptance and support to address the psychosocial and spiritual needs they and their families may face during a serious illness or as the end of life draws nearer. These additional nurses will be invaluable to our program and to this community.” 
About Carondelet Health Network Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to responding to the health, prevention, education, and wellness needs of Southern Arizonans. Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 132 years ago. Carondelet’s Tucson facilities include St. Mary's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute, and Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona. Carondelet’s family of services also include nearly two dozen primary and specialty care offices, an ambulatory surgery center, several imaging centers, Hospice and Palliative Care, and a variety of other outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, not-for-profit healthcare system. In Fiscal Year 2011, Carondelet provided nearly $52 million in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to healthcare. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at www.carondelet.org.