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Enhancing quality of life for patients and families

Our dedicated team provides world-class programs and services that are carefully coordinated across a wide range of settings, including ambulatory offices, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and your very own home. 

Geriatrics services 

We offer health care and support to older adults throughout our many clinical settings, as well as in transitions among levels and types of care. Our geriatricians are trained and experienced in specialized strategies and approaches that meet the diverse, often complex health needs of older adults. Our goal is to promote wellness and improvement of daily functioning, supporting patients through the physical and cognitive changes that occur with aging. Geriatrics medicine services are provided at all Northwell hospitals and rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities, as well as the division’s ambulatory care site, Northwell Health Physician Partners Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Great Neck.

Palliative services

Our palliative care providers collaborate closely with each patient’s primary care provider, surgeon or pain specialist, with a special focus on communication and coordination. They work to improve quality of life, as defined by the patient, through expert management of pain and other symptoms with a variety of treatment options that include medications, medical care and psychosocial therapies. The emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones are a priority, with team members available to help address them.

Palliative medicine services are provided at all Northwell hospitals, including the dedicated Palliative Care Unit at North Shore University Hospital. Services are also provided at an outpatient site, Northwell Health Physician Partners Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Great Neck, and through the Supportive Oncology Program at Monter Cancer Center.


Healthcare professionals at Northwell take a collaborative team approach to providing patients with the medical emotional support they need to face the end of their lives with dignity. The aim is to treat the whole person—physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Northwell’s highly trained, experienced team includes board-certified physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, chaplaincy, and specialized pharmacists and nutritionists. We offer a range of hospice services through our Hospice Care Network and University Hospice (Staten Island).

Rehabilitation and long-term care

We offer services through two skilled nursing facilities for both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care—Orzac Center for Rehabilitation and Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation. These facilities are accredited by the New York State Department of Health and the Joint Commission, an independent, nonprofit organization that inspects and surveys healthcare providers in order to measure and improve the quality of patient care. Both facilities also earned a five-star quality rating from the U.S. Department of Health Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.

Advanced illness management

When people have complex illnesses that make accessing traditional ambulatory care difficult, they need high-intensity, comprehensive care that comes to them. Our doctors, nurse practitioners and social workers do just that. Advanced Illness Management (AIM) is an advanced care program for patients with complex medical conditions who have functional difficulties with activities of daily living. Care is administered in the home, so patients can receive quality service in a familiar environment and reduce unnecessary medical treatments. AIM, part of Northwell Health's care management organization Care Solutions, partners with the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine to meet the needs of our most vulnerable patients.

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