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About Palliative Care

Palliative Care focuses on caring for people with serious illnesses. It is appropriate for patients undergoing treatment for curable illnesses, those living with chronic diseases and patients who are nearing the end of life. The goals of palliative care are to provide relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of serious illness, as well as improve the quality of life for patients and families.

Our palliative care specialists and Q-Life team work with other disciplines, including pharmacists, nurses, chaplains, social workers, psychologists and other health professionals to determine a plan of care that addresses the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of each patient.

Consultations are appropriate for anyone 18 and older with a serious or life-limiting diagnosis such as:
  • Chronic cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic respiratory disease, such as COPD or emphesema
  • Dementia
  • Cancer
  • Neurological disorders, such as ALS, Parkinson's Disease, or Multiple Schlerosis
  • Stroke

Any patient, family or Lee Health staff may request a referral by asking a patient’s primary or attending physician. The physician writes the order and states the goal or purpose of the Q-Life referral.

Q-Life strives to help patients and family members define quality of life issues, as well as:
  • Offer treatment options to reduce suffering
  • Assist with decisions and choices of aggressive or comfort treatment
  • Support and educate patient and family
  • Provide anticipatory grief counseling Patients, caregivers and families benefit from access to a team of experienced clinicians who specialize in:
  • Relief of pain and distressing symptoms
  • Advance directives
  • Enhancement of communications between patient, family and staff
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Discussions and recommendations regarding ethical decisions
  • Patient and family education
  • Grief and loss
Physicians and Lee Memorial Health System staff benefit through collaboration when:
  • Pain and debilitating symptoms are difficult to control
  • Ethical decisions are unclear
  • Complex physical, psychological and/or social suffering requires extensive evaluation and close follow up
  • Staff is supported with education in palliative symptom management


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Cancer Care

Lee Health offers advanced cancer care that combines experienced teams with the latest technologies and treatments.


Lee Health's expert team of cardiologists combine decades of experience with advanced technology to provide the best treatment possible for patients with heart disease.

Stroke Care

Lee Health Stroke Care is a leader in treatment and rehabilitation of patients who suffer a stroke. Across the region, specially trained Lee Health doctors and teams use the latest technology and breakthrough procedures to treat the most serious stroke cases.

Memory Care

Lee Health's Memory Care program support both you and your family in managing Alzheimer's disease to help delay the onset of debilitating conditions that could lessen your independence.

Lee Health's palliative care specialists, (Q-Life team), offers an integrated approach to the relief of suffering across the spectrum of serious illness by utilizing the specialized skills of a palliative care physician, advanced registered nurse practitioner, social worker and chaplain.

Lee Physician Group Doctors & Advanced Providers

Palliative Care
  • Outpatient Center at the Sanctuary
  • 8960 Colonial Center Dr.
  • Suite 206
  • Fort Myers, FL 33905
Mon - Fri : 8am - 4:30pm
outpatient center at the sanctuary
  • Phone: 239-343-9560
  • Fax: 239-343-9624

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