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Birmingham, Alabama VA Medical Center


Palliative Care

About the Program

The Safe Harbor Palliative Care Service offers inpatient and outpatient consults at the BVAMC. The goal is to relieve the pain and suffering (emotional, physical, social and spiritual) along the continuum of medical care. Although hospice care may be a part of palliative care, it is not synonymous with palliative care. Hospice is a Medicare benefit, which accrues to eligible patients with serious life threatening illness and a life expectancy of no more than 6 to 12 months.

Hospice is most commonly associated with terminal cancer patients, but the role has been expanded to include patients with any end-stage illness for whom goals of care are primarily comfort measures. Examples of this are:

  • End-stage pulmonary
  • Cardiac, liver and renal disease
  • General debility
  • End-stage dementia
  • Other terminal conditions that are appropriate for hospice consideration.

The VA covers the cost of hospice care if the patient is not covered by Medicare.

Contact Info


  • Birmingham VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 205-933-8101

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm