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UMC unveils new Supportive Care Center

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Updated: 10/03/2013 11:15 am
University Medical Center has unveiled a new patient floor.

The J.T. and Margaret Talkington Supportive Care Unit is geared toward palliative medicine; reducing pain and providing comfort for terminally ill patients.
 
The unit's medical director, Dr. Tommie Farrell, said it is all about giving patients plenty of options.

"The most obvious one that people think of is when they're at end of life. That's a time when we're valuable. But also when people aren't at end of life but we have a patient that has very severe symptoms. Or also a person that is not terminal but they have a disease that is going to threaten their livelihood and they're having to make decisions on," he said.
    
A Supportive Care Unit patient can still be followed by their own medical team and receive treatments, such as chemotherapy, he said. The unit began housing patients Wednesday.

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