Palliative Care/Support Services
Palliative Care/Support Services

Palliative Care & Support Services

Improving the Quality of Life for our Patients and Their Families

Palliative Care is a multidisciplinary service that focuses on relieving pain, suffering and distress for both patient and caregivers that are affected by an advanced illness. It can be given along with existing treatments to promote quality of life and preserve an individual’s goals and values while they are undergoing curative treatments.

Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall provides Palliative Care in both the inpatient and outpatient environments.

Our team works alongside your oncologist or primary care physician to improve your quality of life and address all causes of distress while you are undergoing curative treatments.

Our team includes a —
• Physician
• Nurse Practitioner
• Social Worker
• Oncology Nurse Navigator
• Chaplain Service (upon request)


We work together as a cohesive team to provide —
• Time devoted to intensive family meetings and patient/family counseling
• Expertise in managing complex physical and emotional symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, depression, nausea and lack of appetite
• Communication and support for resolving patient, family and physician questions concerning the
goals of care
• Coordination of care transitions across health care settings

Palliative care can help you manage symptoms and side effects such as:

  • Pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Anorexia and weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

When in palliative care, you have a team of compassionate caregivers who want to help you enjoy your life to the fullest. Patients, families, and our staff work together to help patients through this journey.

Meet Our Team

Kirti JosephKirti Joseph, MD
Board Certifies in Internal Medicine
Board Eligible in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Internal Medicine trained at NYU Langone Medical Center
Hospice and Palliative Medicine trained at the University of Buffalo

Sue MartinoSue Martino, NP
Board Certified as Nurse Practitioner in Adult Health
Extensive ICU/CCU experience
Extensive experience with home and inpatient hospice services
Pioneered the Palliative care program at St. Luke's Hospital in 2010

Contact the MSLC Palliative Care Team by calling 845-534-7080.