For Those with Serious Illness

Advanced Illness Management Team

Quality of Life is Part of Your Journey

giving flowersIf you or a loved one suffers from a serious or chronic illness, you may benefit from Advanced Illness Management, or AIM. The AIM team reflects Marshall Medical Center's commitment to palliative care, the treatment of a serious medical condition's emotional toll.

Coordinated, Family-Centered Care

The AIM team is an inter-disciplinary group made of a physician, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, two social workers, and a chaplain. These professionals are dedicated to providing patient and family-centered care. It is a collaborative between Marshall and Snowline Hospice launched in 2012 to deliver care. Our goal is to support the whole person in the whole process.

Benefits of AIM:

  • When patients and families are faced with difficult medical decisions, we educate and offer medical condition and treatment options.
  • We facilitate in the development of a plan of care, where the patient's goals and wishes are a top priority.
  • We provide supportive interventions, where sensitivity to emotional, cultural, social and spiritual needs are a top priority.
  • We manage symptoms (pain, fatigue, nausea, depression, anxiety in conjunction with the primary care provider), in the name of supporting comfort.
  • We connect patients and families to additional community resources to support ongoing needs.
  • We collaborate with the entire care team to manage care.
  • We assist patients and families to navigate insurance questions and other procedural concerns.
  • We help craft Advance Directives and other medical decision-making documents.

The program specializes in improving the quality of life for our patients and families facing advanced or complex illnesses.

Determining AIM Eligibility

If you have an advanced illness that would benefit from a multi-faceted, team approach to alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life, discuss the program with your hospital physician or another staff member to get a referral and consultation from our specially trained AIM staff.

  • If your condition involves chronic pain, surgeries, and/or ongoing complicated treatment, you have the option to receive AIM care upon referral from a physician. You may request this service yourself.
  • AIM is not hospice care or intended just for those with a terminal illness.
  • AIM provides comprehensive medical, social and emotional treatment of a complex or chronic illness.
  • Unlike hospice care, with AIM you may still be aggressively treating a disease and undergoing treatments to cure it. AIM is available to you while you are an inpatient at Marshall Hospital.
  • The AIM team does not make home visits. We only see patients at Marshall Hospital.

For additional information, call (530) 626-2770 ext. 2778.