What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a chance for people dealing with life-limiting illness to have relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of dealing with the illness and to have an extra layer of support. Unlike hospice, palliative care can be provided alongside curative treatment.The goal of palliative care is to provide symptom management, advance care planning, spiritual and emotional support if needed and overall quality of life.

Who benefits from Palliative Care?

  • Patients with advanced cancer who are still receiving curative treatments
  • Patients with advanced heart disease facing difficult decisions regarding treatment options
  • Patients with advanced COPD who are experiencing frequent hospitalizations
  • Patients with advanced dementia experiencing decline
  • Patients who suffer from pain or other symptoms due to a serious illness
  • Patients who experience physical or emotional pain that is NOT under control
  • Patients who need help understanding the situation and coordinating care

What can I expect?

  • A Physician or Nurse Practitioner specially trained in palliative medicine will evaluate your needs and develop a care plan to manage your care.
  • A social worker is also available as needed through your plan of care to assist you with community resources and advanced care planning.
  • A team approach to support you every step of the way.

Hospice of Kankakee Valley’s Palliative Care Team includes our board certified physician, Dr. Farhan Shams, nurse practitioners Mira Brosseau, Tammy Ryan and Jeremy Wright as well as licensed clinical social worker, Becky Owen and chaplain, Dan Horton.

The Team

DrShams1Dr. Farhan Shams, MD, HMDC, FAAHPM
Dr. Shams is board certified in hospice and palliative care as well as internal medicine. He has been practicing in hospice and palliative care since 2006. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and Hospice Medical Director Board Certified.

Mira BrosseauMira Brosseau | Palliative Care Coordinator
Mira Brosseau, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, has over 30 years of nursing experience including the hospital and outpatient setting, hospice, and teaching at the college level. Mira received her BSN from Olivet Nazarene University in 1979, her MSN from Lewis University in 1994, and finished her Adult NP from North Park University in 2005.

Tammy RyanTammy Ryan | Nurse Practitioner
Tammy Ryan, MS, APN, FNP-BC, received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Valparaiso University in 1999. She then went on to earn her Master of Science degree from Purdue University - Calumet in 2004. She has been with Hospice of Kankakee Valley since 2017.

Becky Owen | Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Becky Owen, MSW, LCSW, has been with HKV since 2013, starting as a Social Worker and eventually moving into a Social Work Coordinator position in 2017. She has been a Social Worker for 10 years, receiving her BSW from Olivet Nazarene University in 2008 and her MSW from Governors State University in 2013.

Dan HortonDan Horton | Chaplain
Dan Horton, M. Div. serves on the chaplain team at Hospice of Kankakee Valley. He has provided chaplaincy services in the hospital setting, serving in ICUs from newborn through adult. He has a Masters of Divinity degree from the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.