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Palliative care expands in northern Colorado


​UCHealth is in the process of expanding its palliative care program in northern Colorado to include outpatient services.
 
"It's what is best for the patient," said Joann Lovins, senior director of UCHealth oncology in northern Colorado, who is spearheading the new program.
 
But to explain why it's best for the patient, one must first understand what palliative care is and is not.
"The biggest misconception is that palliative care is the same as hospice care," said Dr. Joe Lopez, UCHealth's medical director of Palliative Care at Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies.