Highland’s new Palliative Care Unit received its first patients on October 10. Located on East 6, the eight-bed unit is led by Palliative Care Division Chief Chin-Lin Ching, M.D., East 6 Medical Director Brandon Wilcoxson, M.D., and East 6 Nurse Manager Kelsey Parnell, RN, BSN. The unit is primarily for patients with terminal illnesses, who are not receiving life-prolonging interventions and whose needs require hospitalization. The team gives patients comfort care and assists them with managing symptoms often experienced during end-of-life, such as pain, delirium, and agitation. An interdisciplinary team also provides emotional support to patients and their support persons. Patients who have a serious illness but are not at the last stages of their condition may also receive care in this unit.