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For Referring Physicians

Franciscan is a committed partner to physicians and practitioners at long-term care facilities to deliver the best quality palliative and hospice care to patients. To help make the transition and extension of services as smooth as possible, we offer palliative care and hospice services at the patient’s home or in a hospital or other facility. We also provide a number of resources below.

Who should be referred for hospice care?

Patients of all ages, with any of the following illnesses, may be appropriate for a hospice referral once eligibility criteria are met:

  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • cancer
  • stroke

In addition, patients with the following end-stage diseases may also be hospice appropriate:

  • alzheimer’s
  • cardiovascular disorder
  • dementia
  • renal diseases
  • liver disease
  • lung disease

Benefits and Services for your patients

Franciscan works closely with physicians, their patients and the patients’ families on an individualized care plan to support every kind of care need. See a comprehensive list of our services.

Clinical care resources

POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Information

Medical Algorithms

End of Life/Palliative Education Resource Center (EPERC)

The EPEC Project (Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care)

End-of-Life care resources

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)

Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care

Hospice Foundation of America

American Hospice Foundation

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

Americans for Better Care of the Dying

Medical College of Wisconsin Palliative Care Center

Center to Advance Palliative Care

Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, Beth Israel Medical Center

Growth House