The Palliative Care Team
Together with your primary physician, our Team will make a comprehensive assessment and plan for managing the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Relief of suffering and control of symptoms are our most important goals.' The Palliative Care Team assures that comfort will be a priority, values and decisions will be respected, spiritual and psychosocial needs will be addressed, and practical support will be available.
The Palliative Medicine Team at Lenox Hill provides specialized care to help with:
- Control of physical symptoms including nausea, shortness of breath, sleeplessness
- Expert pain management
- Coping with emotional reactions such as sadness, grief, and anger
- Advance directives or health care proxy issues
- Reaching a better understanding of your condition and your choices for medical care
- Making a plan for what to do after your hospital stay
- Family communication
Wendy S.A. Edwards, MD was previously the Chief of the Section of Palliative Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan and a member of the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Bioethics.' A graduate of Wellesley College and Medical College of Pennsylvania, she is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at New York Medical College.' Dr. Edwards brings more than 25 years of primary care experience to the practice of Palliative Medicine. Her specialty is pain and symptom management in the context of advanced or serious illness. Dr. Edwards' Program is committed to improving the quality of care of patients near the end of life and providing support for their families through an interdisciplinary approach.
Bridget I. Earle MD is joining the team after finishing her fellowship in palliative medicine and hospice at North Shore University Hospital - Manhasset. A graduate of S.U.N.Y. Brooklyn, she completed her internal medicine residency at North Shore University Hospital Manhasset where she went on to serve as chief medical resident. Dr. Earle is board certified in Internal Medicine. Prior to her fellowship she worked as an internal medicine hospitalist for four years and it was during this time her interest in palliative medicine peaked and her journey began. Her current interests are pain management, education and spiritual assessments.
Annie Mei, NP returns to Lenox Hill from the Section of Palliative Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan.' A graduate of New York University, specializing in Primary Care and Geriatrics, she is also board certified in Hospice and Palliative nursing.' Through many years of acute care experience in Telemetry, Surgical Step-Down and the Intensive Care Units where she frequently observed life, death and near-death as they were meshed together with high tech medical interventions, Ms. Mei now focuses on providing cutting edge palliation and support to patients with advanced illness.
Lori Finkel NP joined the team after leaving her regional Nurse Practitioner position with the Palliative Medicine team at Catholic Health Services of Long Island. A graduate of NYU, Ms. Finkel holds board certifications in Adult, Hospice and Palliative Care and Pain Management Nursing. With nearly 20 years of working alongside patients diagnosed with life threatening disease, and their families, she is dedicated to providing superb symptom management and assisting in assurance of better quality of life . Her professional interests include pain management, ethics, the role of spirituality as it assists with personal coping and end of life care.
Gina Garvin, MA was previously the Director of Pastoral Care & Chaplaincy Services at St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan. She joined her Palliative Care colleagues at Lenox Hill Hospital in February 2011. She received her Masters in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care from Fordham University in the Bronx. Gina has over 15 years of experience as a counselor, supporter, facilitator and navigator meeting the psycho-social-spiritual needs of inpatients and families who are faced with serious illness.
Meghan Hinman, MA, MT-BC, LCAT is a music therapist and New York State licensed creative arts therapist who works part-time with the Palliative Care Team at Lenox Hill Hospital. Meghan is a graduate of the creative arts therapies program at Drexel University in Philadelphia and has worked with terminally ill patients, in home-based and inpatient settings, since 2004. She uses guitar and voice, along with friendly conversation and psychotherapy techniques, to help patients and families find comfort and a safe place to express themselves in the hospital, and collaborate with the medical team to provide optimal psychosocial support. When she is not in the hospital, Meghan conducts a private psychotherapy practice, serving adults and children in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Thomas J. Biglin, Jr., MA, MT-BC, is a board certified music therapist working part-time with the Palliative Care team at Lenox Hill Hospital. Tom received his master's degree in Music Therapy from New York University and his bachelor's from the University of Pennsylvania. Working within a variety of clinical settings, Tom applies his integrative, multi-instrumental, vocal music psychotherapy approach to support the holistic treatment of the individual. Tom has co-authored a chapter on palliative care in a book entitled Music and Medicine: Integrative Models in the Treatment of Pain published by The Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy at the Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan.