Inland Empire Palliative Care Coalition

The Inland Empire Palliative Care Coalition (IEPCC) is a non-profit organization working to educate, promote, and expand awareness of palliative care programs and providers throughout the Inland Empire area of Southern California.

We offer health care professionals education and information on palliative care and an opportunity to network with other palliative experts. Membership is open to individuals or organizations. Its annual Palliative Care Conference is one of the tools used in this endeavor, bringing experts, techniques, and current information to physicians and other health care providers in a central location with our vast geographic area.

Join the Inland Empire Palliative Care Coalition and be a part of this important care movement!

Palliative care providers...

  • Provide expert relief from pain and other uncomfortable symptoms;

  • Assist in making difficult medical decisions;

  • Coordinate care and helps in navigating the often-complex health care system;

  • Guide in making a plan for living well, based on needs, concerns, and goals for care;

  • Provide emotional and spiritual support for you and your family

Palliative care relieves physical, psychological, and spiritual suffering and can accompany traditional treatments that are used to treat chronic illness like cancer, diabetes, heart, and lung diseases. It is a partnership between patient, medical specialists, and family.

Palliative care can aid in recovering from an serious illness by relieving symptoms such as pain, anxiety or loss of appetite, that occur while undergoing difficult medical treatments or procedures. In some cases patients with cancer who received palliative care, were more likely to complete chemotherapy treatments and reported a higher quality of life than those who did not.

Palliative care is certainly appropriate for patients with terminal illness, but since it focuses on improved function and general quality of life, it serves individuals and their families who have chronic and/or long-term diseases, long before hospice or "end of life" care is needed.

Palliative care is provided in many hospitals by palliative care teams. These hospital palliative care programs may also have an outpatient palliative care clinic. It may also be available through home care agencies and nursing homes with a palliative care programs.

The Inland Empire Palliative Care Coalition is a project of the Riverside County Physicians Memorial Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization of the Riverside County Medical Association.