La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) – Gundersen Lutheran will be applying for certification for its palliative care unit in 2012.
The unit provides adult, pediatric and perinatal palliative care.
Gundersen workers say certification from the Joint Commission non-profit group would be a nice way to recognize the hospital's services.
According to nurse practitioner Carrie Lapham, palliative care is defined as the physical and emotional treatment of those with severe illnesses – and their families.
Lapham says palliative care is not just administering medications and helping relieve symptoms.
It involves religious and social support too.
"Sometimes we just want to pull up a chair and talk to them about what's happening in their lives, how it's affecting them, and what their wishes and goals are," Lapham says.
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