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Offering Education, Information, Strength & Support

Pathways Palliative Care

A model of healing and hope

Offering education, information, strength & support Palliative medicine and supportive care is a medical specialty focusing on comfort care and provides support and education to individuals and families who are facing serious or chronic illness. Pathways focuses on you as a whole person, taking the time to provide information, resources and services developed around what is most important to you and your family. Rather than just treating symptoms, we learn about you want to live, what you want to do, and what kind of assistance is the most helpful. Palliative and supportive medicine is not the same as hospice care. Patients seen by the Pathways team are often still receiving treatments designed to treat their serious illness or injury.

“Those who suffer belong to all of us – and if all of us respond there is hope.” Max Lucado, 09/14/2010

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Pathways Palliative Care Our Goals Palliative Care and Supportive Medicine Our primary goal is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families who are facing serious illness. We can provide

Help to understand complicated medical circumstances

Help with consideration of your options and thinking through difficult decisions

Help to improve symptoms including physical pain, shortness of breath, nausea and more

Who is eligible for palliative and supportive medicine? Any patient with a serious illness. Patients who need and benefit from this service often have serious, chronic or life-limiting illness or injury. However, patients do not have to be considered terminally or irreversibly ill to receive Pathways services.

For some patients whose medical condition is not improving, palliative treatments take the place of aggressive treatments that are no longer working. Options and choices regarding individual health care decisions are encouraged and supported by your palliative care team.

Help to improve emotional pain, depression and anxiety Help for you and your family in addressing any spiritual needs Help for you in coping with transitions through stages of illness Help in dealing with feelings of sadness, loss and grief Help with planning for the future Additionally, services can be provided in your home, or the hospital or a place convenient for you; a staff person is available to you 24/7. Together you and your team will work to meet your physical, spiritual and emotional goals.

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What are the benefits of palliative care and supportive medicine? Palliative and supportive medicine has been proven to provide many benefits, including better symptom control and less emotional hardship on patients and families, improved care planning and more. In a step-by step individualized process, the Pathways program provides the kind of information and education needed for good decision making. This program is offered at no charge to patients or their families.

A model of healing and hope

Pathways Palliative Care Pathways focuses on you … and your family. Our Services

may be helpful to those individuals who have

Conditions such as cancer, congestive heart or kidney failure, COPD, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, ALS or stroke Pain or other symptoms due to a serious illness Chronic or life-threatening diseases Eating difficulties associated with an advanced illness Frequent hospitalization or visits to the emergency room

Our Team We offer a team approach to Palliative Care.

The Pathways team combines the resources and expertise of experienced, caring professionals, including: a board certified palliative care physician, licensed clinical social worker, nursing, and spiritual care consultants. Together we work with your personal physician, as you determine what is important to you, what brings you joy, and what provides hope and healing to you and your loved ones.

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Jo Carolyn Chambers, LBSW, LMSW, LCSW

Bringing over 30 years of experience in the social work field to the palliative care team, Jo Carolyn has spent her career in child protective services, psychiatric, geriatric and hospice services as well as being an out-patient clinical therapist. Married to her husband for 32 years, she has three children and is an avid TCU Horned Frog Fan. She is a sought after speaker for local, state and national conferences. It is her belief that helping people find hope in the most difficult of times defines the heart of service and is what she is called and privileged to be able to do.

Dr. Ronald Van Buskirk

Dr. Van Buskirk is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care. He practiced Internal Medicine for many years before realizing that he wasn’t doing a good job of caring for people with incurable diseases. Because of this he turned to hospice and palliative care and served as the Medical Director for Cypress Basin Hospice from 2001-2005, a hospitalist at Wilson N. Jones Hospital from 20062010, and currently serves as Medical Director of Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke, & Fannin Counties. He earned his BA in Chemistry from Princeton University and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.  Dr. Van Buskirk believes this palliative approach can change the course of an individual’s healthcare for the better in a multitude of ways.

Vickie Putman, RN

Vickie has been in the medical field most of her life starting in a physician’s office while still in high school. Since then she has obtained a degree in nursing as a registered nurse. Most of her nursing career has been spent in the hospital caring for acutely ill patients and managing neuro, orthopedic and oncology units. Vickie has been married to Mike for thirty two years. They have three children and are awaiting their fifth grandchild. They love the country and are crazy about their horses and miniature donkeys. Vickie is a firm believer that we are put on this earth to help each other. She feels honored and humbled to work in the healthcare field.

A model of healing and hope

Pathways Palliative Care What is Important to You? The Pathways program is about so much more than simply treatment of symptoms. We focus on what is important to you and to your family. We help you accomplish what you want by providing information, resources and available options. Having the right information at the right time helps you achieve the ultimate goal of maintaining the best possible quality of life.

You are an integral part of the Pathways Team, helping direct our own care. We know that serious, potentially life-limiting illnesses or injuries can be enormously difficult for patients and their families. Our focus is helping ease the physical and emotional suffering whenever possible. Consultation services are available to you at no charge. If you would like more information about Palliative care or supportive medicine, or if you simply want to speak to a member of the Pathways team, please call 903-820-8753.

The Pathways Palliative Care Program is a program of The Hope Center and provided as an outreach of Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke & Fannin Counties. This supportive service is provided in accordance with the mission, vision, and values of Home Hospice, which has been serving our friends and neighbors in the Texoma area for over 30 years.

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