The Steward Center

To “palliate” means to lift the burden of suffering related to a serious illness. Our Steward Center for Palliative Care’s physicians and nurse practitioners focus on providing expert pain management and symptom management during the course of the illness or disease. We vigorously treat pain and other symptoms such as nausea, poor appetite, depression or anxiety, and our goal is to keep seriously ill patients as comfortable and as active as possible.

The Steward Center for Palliative Care is a nationally recognized model which sets the “gold standard” for excellence in the provision of palliative services in our community.

We  follow a patient’s care during hospital stays, and after discharge we can provide outpatient services for continued help with  pain management and other symptoms.  Our team will also assist in transitioning patients to home health care or hospice care when needed. Out-patient ciinics are housed in the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion and at St. Mary’s Health Center, and we see patients throughout St. Joseph’s and Candler hospitals, and Landmark Hospital.

Our Steward Center for Palliative Care community based team consists of board certified physician, nurse practitioners, and a Masters Level Licensed Clinical Social Worker certified in Hospice and Palliative Care, and the support and resources available through the Edel Caregiver Institute. Accessing this service allows us to have the sometimes complex and lengthy conversations you may be unable to provide within the time constraints of a normal office visit. Ultimately, it’s a win-win for you, your patient and their caregiver. 

Medical care is always under the direction of the patient’s primary care physician. Should the physician and patient choose to act upon our recommendations, any medications, D.M.E., transportation or inpatient care continue to be covered by Medicare, Medicaid and/or private insurance.

Please reach us during business hours at  912.354.8014 for assistance or more information. Providers can fax referrals and medical records to Fax:  912.298.0306.

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Lavon Lowe, Palliative Care Coordinator

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Dr. Laura Farless, Palliative Care Physician and Medical Director


Deborah Kemp, RN, NP, Nurse Practitioner


Kathleen Flynn, RN, NP, Nurse Practitioner

Click here to read an article outlining the history and vision of our palliative care program.  This article appeared in the July, 2012 NHPCO Newsline publication.

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