There’s a movement afoot in the medical community. Doctors go to medical school to learn how to fix the body and treat the disease. But there’s a growing consensus that treating the patient entails much more than simply treating the symptoms.
Dr. David Korones, a professor of Pediatrics and Oncology at Golisano Children’s Hospital at URMC, is a known across the country for his efforts in advocating supportive care — care that focuses on the emotional, mental and spiritual well-being of the patient. In a recent editorial blog post in Psychology Today, Dr. Korones shared how he came to learn more about supportive care, which has ultimately helped him to be a much better doctor for his patients.
Supportive Care is one of Golisano Children’s Hospital’s top priorities during its capital campaign. As more children with chronic diseases live longer, Dr. Korones and his team hope to enhance their ability to deliver compassionate to children and families. They hope to grow their supportive care team, develop a program to help expectant mothers with infants at a high-risk for birth defects and train the doctors of today and tomorrow in how to best provide supportive care. Learn more about how you can help us expand our supportive care services to patients and families.
- Watch YNN Rochester’s story with the family of Stella Gagliano, a patient with a rare genetic disease, who sought compassionate care from Dr. Korones and his team.
- Watch a video, in which Dr. Korones talks about the hospital’s needs, and what we’re building. (Note the very sweet moments in the film when he’s tending to Stella.)
- Watch an incredibly touching YNN story about Julianne Miller, a precious little girl whose life was cut too short, and learn about the care Dr. Korones was able to provide for Julianne and her family.
- Read more on the news that URMC’s palliative care program is one of the first in the nation to receive the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission.
Let us know what you think of supportive care, and how it might make a difference for children and their families.