Dr. Kevin Wheatley serves as Medical Director of Palliative Care at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses which focus on treating patients suffering from symptoms and stress of illness. Dr. Wheatley works with other physicians, nurses and staff to meet the goal of palliative care- which is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Dr. Wheatley, along with Dr. Clyde Smith and Dr. Edward Koonce manages a palliative care out-patient clinic every Tuesday at the Kirkland Cancer Center for patients there. These patients are referred to this clinic by their Kirkland Cancer Center physician for management of symptoms such as pain, anxiety, emotional stress, nausea, dyspnea and etc.
However, these palliative care physicians are also available on an ongoing basis at Jackson –Madison County General Hospital (JMCGH). There is a consult services for all patients at JMCGH with any serious illness requiring symptom management as well as to discuss realistic goals of care at this stage in their illness. These illness are not just limited to cancer, but all serious illnesses such as heart disease, pulmonary disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and many more.
Dr. Wheatley and Dr. Smith are both board certified hospice and palliative care physicians.
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