Palliative Care Clinic

Palliative Care is whole-person care for patients experiencing serious illness, with a focus on providing relief from symptoms and stress caused by diagnosis and treatment.

Considered an extra layer of care, the palliative care clinic is provided by a specially-trained team who work closely with a patient’s medical care team to ensure patients and families are reaching goals for preventing and relieving symptoms of cancer and treatment, maximizing quality of life, and addressing physical and emotional needs.

Our Approach

Palliative care visits are tailored to what’s most important to the patient and family. Our services include:

  • Treatments for relieving pain and other symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, depression, and anxiety
  • Counseling for feelings of depression, anxiety, hopelessness, grief, and family challenges related to living with a serious medical illness
  • Assistance and support in making difficult medical decisions
  • Help in making sure that patients are as comfortable and active as possible
  • Assistance with family challenges such as difficult conversations, coping with the stress of a serious illness, and talking to children to understand and cope with the illness of a loved one

Palliative Care Team

Kathleen McKillip
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jessica johnson, advanced practice provider

Jessica Johnson
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Jami Kezeor APRN

Jami Kezeor
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I receive Palliative Care?

NCS palliative care clinic is available at a variety of locations in Omaha, Grand Island, and Hastings, and also available via Telehealth.

Does my insurance pay for Palliative Care?

Palliative care appointments will be covered by your insurance in the same manner as other clinic visits.

Is Palliative Care right for me?

Palliative care may be right for patients experiencing pain, stress, or other symptoms due to serious illness. Palliative care is beneficial at any stage of illness. Palliative care does not replace active treatment of your illness nor is it hospice care.

How does the Palliative Care teamwork with my oncologist?

Through collaboration, your medical oncology care team and palliative care team will combine efforts to provide symptom management and treatment plans based on your goals.

What can I expect?

You can expect to communicate with a medical provider in-person or via telehealth regarding symptoms, goals, and answers to your questions.

Palliative Care Resources Library

NCS Palliative Care is provided in NCS clinics, area hospitals, and through home health care services.

Most insurance plans pay for the care, including Medicare and Medicaid sponsored health care plans. If you have concerns regarding the cost of care, please notify your medical oncology care team.

To schedule a palliative care visit or for questions regarding the goals and objectives of the clinic, speak with your physician or nurse, or give us a call at 402.334.4773 and ask to speak with a member of the palliative care clinic.


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