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New Clinic Aims to Close Palliative Care Gap

​By Tyler Smith

A decade after launching its inpatient palliative care service, University of Colorado Hospital has expanded the care it provides patients with serious illnesses.

The Palliative Care Clinic officially opened July 15 on the second floor of the University of Colorado Cancer Center. For now, palliative care specialists will see patients with serious illness referred by University of Colorado Hospital providers two to three mornings a week, said Jeanie Youngwerth, MD, the clinic’s medical director. Plans are to expand the number of clinic mornings to five in September after an additional physician and a nurse practitioner come on board, Youngwerth said.

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