Palliative Care - Milwaukee VA Medical Center
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Milwaukee VA Medical Center


Palliative Care

Throughout history the tree has been a symbol of life.  At the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, the tree has been chosen to represent the palliative care program.  We believe that every life is important, and we have as our goal that every Veteran experiences the best quality of life possible.

At the Milwaukee VA, the palliative care team seeks to provide Veterans and their families with specialized and compassionate care when the Veteran is facing serious illness.  We are dedicated to treating all of the Veterans we serve and their families with dignity and respect.  If Veterans are at the VAMC for end of life care, we are committed to honoring them with excellence. 

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a specialized, interdisciplinary form of care focusing on symptom management and providing fully informed medical decision-making for those with a serious illness.  Palliative care seeks to prevent and relieve their suffering and to maximize quality of life.  Palliative care is holistic in that it addresses the person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, along with the needs of his or her family.  It is Veteran-centered care, keeping in mind the goals and maintaining the Veteran’s dignity, privacy and choice. 

Is Palliative Care the same as Hospice Care?

Palliative care differs from hospice care in that hospice care is provided for those with a life expectancy of six months or less, and curative treatment is not provided.  Palliative care, on the other hand, can be provided alongside curative or life-extending treatments and can be introduced at any stage during the illness.  Should the Veteran’s disease progress and the no longer chooses life-extending treatment, comfort-focused options can be explored.  

The Milwaukee VA Palliative Care Program has several components:

Throughout the Palliative Care Program, Veterans and their families can be assured that the Palliative Care Team is able to:

  • Provide psychosocial and spiritual support to Veterans and their families
  • Assist with symptom and pain management
  • Assist with connecting veterans to services in the community
  • Assist with completion of an Advance Directive 
  • Provide education about end-of-life issues to Veterans, families, and healthcare providers
  • Help Veterans and families with end-of-life planningEnsure excellent quality of care at end of life

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Contact Info


  • Main hospital, floor 8, wing A, south

Contact Number(s)

  • 414-384-2000 Ext. 42484/42483

Hours of Operation

  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.