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Palliative Medicine

The Palliative Care Service at Virginia Hospital Center began in 2004 as the first hospital-based palliative care program in Northern Virginia. Palliative Care is dedicated to relieving suffering and improving quality of life for patients with severe illnesses. Palliative Care supports patients throughout all stages of their illness and treatment. We offer expertise in treating symptoms such as fatigue, breathing difficulty, and anxiety. In addition to treating distressing physical symptoms, our interdisciplinary team, made up of nurses, social workers, and chaplains, addresses the psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

We know that it is important for you to better understand your diagnosis and choices for care. By choosing Palliative Care, you can still receive curative treatments and continue to work with your primary doctor.

Our Medical Team

Rebecca Donahue, DNP, RN, ACCNS-AG, AG-ACNP, ACHPN

Palliative Medicine
Rebecca Donahue, DNP, RN, ACCNS-AG, AG-ACNP, ACHPN, is an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner with Palliative Care. Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas...

Kristin McAleer, MSN, RN, CHPN, CCRN, CNL

Palliative Medicine
Kristin joined the Palliative Care team in June of 2017 and brought extensive experience in the areas of palliative care, critical care, emergency medicine, and oncology. She began her career...

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