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Tahoe Forest Health systems’ new palliative care clinic focuses on compassionate relief

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Tahoe Forest Health System announces the opening of its palliative care clinic. The main goal of palliative care is to relieve the symptoms, discomforts and stresses associated with serious illness, effectively improving overall quality of life. Johanna Koch, M.D., board certified in palliative care, runs the clinic.

Tahoe Forest Health Systemand#8217;s palliative care clinic offers guidance and support to patients with serious illness requiring difficult and complex treatment choices. Some of these illnesses include: Cardiac disease, cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, elderly patients with failure to thrive, Alzheimerand#8217;s and other neurodegenerative disorders. The clinic specializes in the management of various symptoms including fatigue, shortness of breath, pain, nausea and difficulty sleeping; assistance in gaining strength to accomplish daily activities; aid in the ability to tolerate medical treatments, and education on how to better understand and navigate treatment choices.

and#8220;Expert management of the symptoms of serious illness facilitates a positive outcome,and#8221; said Koch. and#8220;Our new palliative care clinic provides compassionate and effective care, helping patients to regain control and have a better quality of life.and#8221;

Patients interested in palliative care should discuss their illness with their doctor. Palliative care is not limited to hospice care; it is appropriate for any life-limiting illness. The purpose of palliative care is to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for patients, as well as for family members.

New patients are welcome. To schedule an appointment, please call 530-582-6400.

For more information about Tahoe Forest Health System, visit http://www.tfhd.com.

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