Palliative Care

Healing for patients and their families.

For more than a decade, Natividad Medical Foundation and Natividad Medical Center have together created programs to provide spiritual care, bereavement support, pediatric palliative care and adult palliative care at Natividad to transform health care — in all phases of life — into healing for patients and their families. We are grateful for Hospice Giving Foundation’s support and funding for our Palliative Care Program.

Palliative care focuses on relief from the pain, stress and other debilitating symptoms of serious illness. The Palliative Care Program at Natividad provides interdisciplinary culturally sensitive care to patients with serious illness. The program’s goal is to relieve pain and suffering as the care improves the quality of life for patients of all ages, whether or not they are receiving treatments or cure for their disease. Palliative care provides support for the patient and family not only by controlling the patient’s symptoms, but also by helping with understanding of treatment options and goals. The program provides patients and families:

  • A better understanding of the patients’ condition and medical care options
  • Relief from pain and other symptoms associated with serious illness
  • Guidance with difficult treatment choices
  • Emotional, cultural and spiritual support
  • Assistance with transition to hospice if needed

Natividad’s Palliative Care Program has grown exponentially — from serving just 13 patients in 2011-​​2012 to serving 387 patients in 2016-​​2017. We anticipate the demand for care will continue to grow, regardless of age, illness or prognosis. In 2020, seniors are projected to make up 34% of Monterey County’s population, compared to youth, which will make up just 16% of our population. In addition, the hospital has seen thousands of victims of trauma at the Trauma Center since its inception in 2015.

Funding by the Hospice Giving Foundation and our donors helps give every patient and family at Natividad the gift of power to make the most personal choices in all phases of life.