169 Riverside Drive, Room G612, Ground Floor, Binghamton, NY 13905
Phone: 607-798-5418 • Fax: 607-798-5132
Palliative Medicine improves the quality of life
for patients and families facing serious, progressive
illnesses. Palliative Medicine is medical care that affirms
life. The focus is relieving the pain, symptoms, and stress
that accompany advanced illness.
Palliative Medicine is offered with all other
appropriate medical treatment. The goal of palliative
medicine is to help people live comfortably and to provide the best
possible quality of life for patients and families.
How Can Palliative Medicine Help?
Working closely with your primary physician, we provide:
- Expert treatment of pain and other symptoms
- Guidance with difficult treatment choices
- Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family
- Coordination of care
- Close communication and compassionate care
- Advance Care Planning
What Can I Expect?
- Relief from distressing symptoms, such as pain, shortness of
breath, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, constipation, and
- Support with making difficult medical decisions.
- Help achieving the best possible quality of life.
- Guidance for patients and families as they face disease
progression and changing goals of care.
- Emotional and spiritual support.
When Is The Right Time For Palliative Medicine?
Palliative medicine helps through all stages of illness. It is
best introduced early in your care, even at the time of
diagnosis. It is provided along with curative treatments.
Is Palliative Medicine The Same As Hospice Care?
No. Hospice care is meant specifically for those approaching the
last stages of life, while palliative medicine is appropriate for
any stage of a serious illness.
The Palliative Medicine Program at Lourdes is delivered through
an interdisciplinary Team of healthcare professionals who assist
the patient and family in addressing the many aspects of care for
serious and complex illnesses.
The Inpatient Palliative Medicine Team at Lourdes
- The Patient and Family
- The Primary Care Provider
- Physician Specialist in Palliative Medicine
- Registered Nurses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Social Worker
Other healthcare professionals are consulted as needed
and may include:
- Rehabilitation Specialist
Rainone, DO, PhD, MS is the Medical Director for the
Palliative Medicine program at Lourdes. She is a graduate of
Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in North Miami Beach
Florida and completed her Family Medicine residency at the
Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. Dr. Rainone then had
advanced training in Pain Medicine & Palliative Care at Beth
Israel Medical Center. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine,
Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Rainone is a Master Facilitator for the Education in
Palliative and End of life Care (EPEC) Project, for which she
teaches nationally. She has published on a wide variety of topics
in symptom management."
If you believe this is a program that you or your loved one
could benefit from, please call us at 607-798-5418 for more