Palliative Care - Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care? 

Palliative care is a medical specialty that helps patients and their families live as fully as possible when faced with a life-limiting illness. Palliative care aims to ease suffering and focus on quality of life by addressing the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the veteran.

Unlike hospice care, which focuses on end-of-life care in the last six months, palliative services are provided during any phase of a serious illness, including during active treatments such as chemotherapy. Palliative care provides patients with independence, access to information, and choice from the earliest stages of their illness.

What is Hospice? 

Hospice care is one form of palliative care offered to patients in the last six months of life. Read more about hospice care here.

Palliative Care Service at the Charleston VAMC Consult services

  • Charleston VA Medical Center Inpatient Consult Service: Consults are available for patients who are admitted to the hospital. Your physician, nurse, or social worker can refer you or you can request to see a member of the Palliative Care Team.
  • Patriot’s Harbor Community Living Center (CLC): Consults are available for patients who are admitted to Patriot's Harbor CLC. Your physician, nurse or social worker can refer you, or you can request to see a member of the Palliative Care Team by asking any member of the staff.  

Inpatient Palliative Care at the Charleston VAMC 

Located in the Charleston VA Medical Center acute care setting, inpatient palliative care beds are available for acute management of pain and other symptoms. Patients must meet acute care criteria and are often co-managed by their Primary Care Team and the Palliative Care Team. Read more about inpatient palliative care here.

Hospice - Veteran Partnership (HVP) 

The Charleston VA Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Care Team hosts an annual educational meeting which includes other VA facilities and community hospice organizations committed to working together to ensure excellent care for veterans at the end of life. Individuals and organizations interested in being a part of this annual meeting, normally held in the Fall, should contact the Geriatrics and Extended Care Office at the Charleston VAMC for more information.

Important Contact Numbers and Web Sites 

Charleston VA Medical Center

Geriatrics and Extended Care Office - 843-789-7057
Home Based Primary Care Coordinator - 843-789-7763
Home Health and Hospice - 843-789-7426

General Information

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 1-800-827-1000
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 1-800-646-6460


Contact Info


  • Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 843-577-5011
  • 888-878-6884

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm