Life-Enriching Care for Life-Limiting Diseases.

Diseases such as COPD or congestive heart failure are nothing less than a hardship for patients and their families. That’s because they can come with complications such as:

  • Sleeplessness
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Uncontrolled pain
  • Shortness of breath

Patients with life-limiting illnesses often spend a lot of time in a gray zone. They’re alive, but their symptoms rob them of the joy of living. Unfortunately, they can also spend a lot of time in the hospital or the Emergency Room dealing with the very real complications of their illness.

Palliative care can help.
“People have a lot of trouble navigating a difficult disease and the symptoms it causes. I help them on the journey,” says Dr. Stuart VanderHeide. He’s the new Medical Director for palliative care. “I come from an ER background, and I’ve seen people struggle helplessly with symptom management as they come to the ER time after time. Palliative care is specifically designed to ease that kind of stress and anguish.”

Palliative care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a life-threatening illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

“We don’t cure these diseases,” Dr. VanderHeide goes on to say. “But we do help relieve the symptoms and reduce their impact, to prevent suffering and improve quality of life.”

Dr. VanderHeide is no stranger to the lakeshore community. He and his family live here, his children attend school here, and he practices here. “I am vested in this community,” he notes. “People with serious illnesses deserve to have a local doctor managing their care. I am thrilled to be your neighbor as well as your physician.”

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