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Flagstaff Medical Center opens new outpatient Supportive Care Clinic


Jan. 6, 2012

Patients living with chronic or life-threatening illnesses now have access to a new outpatient palliative care clinic at Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC). The Supportive Care Clinic is the newest component of FMC’s Palliative Care Program. Modeled after FMC’s inpatient Palliative Care Program, the Supportive Care Clinic treats physical symptoms like pain and nausea and emotional problems such as anxiety. The goal is to bring comfort and dignity to the lives of individuals living with chronic illnesses.

Conveniently located at 77 W. Forest Ave. on the second floor of the Physicians and Surgeons Office Building, the new Supportive Care Clinic provides patients easy access to parking and elevators, expanded clinic space and bigger exam rooms and physician offices.

“The purpose of the Supportive Care Clinic is to provide care, support and resources for those patients who are living with a chronic or life-threatening illness,” said Cindy Martin, M.D, medical director of FMC’s Palliative Care Program. “The new Supportive Care Clinic was created to help individuals meet all the diverse challenges of a long-term illness and to help them live the highest quality of life possible. Our staff works very closely with the patient’s primary care providers.” 

The clinic is housed with the newly relocated Disease Management Clinic, containing Diabetes Education and Management, and the Shandiin Project which serves patients living with HIV/AIDS. Patients of the Disease Management Clinic often utilize palliative care services, making it useful to have all these programs in a single location. 

FMC’s inpatient Palliative Care Program includes an interdisciplinary team of caregivers who collaborate to meet each patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Palliative care teams are comprised of diverse groups of caregivers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, mental health providers and chaplains. 

For more information about the new Supportive Care Clinic or to set-up an appointment, call 928 773-2249. If you are interested in learning more about Disease Management or FMC’s Palliative Care Program, visit “Our Services” at FlagstaffMedicalCenter.com.

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