Passages Hospice in Elgin Announces new Affiliation With a Board Certified Pain Management Physician to Enhance Life for Terminally Ill Patients

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Pain management physician joins hospice medical team to introduce new choices in pain management that are less invasive and add quality of life to patients with life-limiting illness.

Pain is often cited as a serious consequence of end-stage illnesses, particularly with cancer. Because managing pain is crucial to keeping terminally ill patients comfortable, Passages Hospice in Elgin, IL announces its new affiliation with Alfred P. Rosche, M.D. as part of its medical team. Dr. Rosche is board certified in pain medicine, board certified in anesthesiology, and a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP). His private practice, Advanced Pain Intervention, is located at 534 Roxbury Road in Rockford, IL.

Passages Hospice, based in Elgin, IL serves patients and families throughout the northern portion of the state ( to Decatur, IL) who are facing end-stage illnesses at home, in assisted living, or skilled nursing sites.

"We are delighted to bring onboard the pain management expertise of Dr. Rosche," said Seth Gillman, Administrator of Passages Hospice. "Controlling pain and keeping patients comfortable are important aspects of care in the hospice setting. There are now many new, non-invasive pain management modalities that Dr. Rosche brings to our patients that increase their comfort level while also preserving quality of life. This is another way to deliver state-of-the-art care to our patients and reassure families that their loved one is in good hands."

At Advanced Pain Intervention, Dr. Rosche is assisted by Leeetta Stumph, RN, OCN, a Pain Resource Nurse with 33 years' experience in oncology.

"Many physicians have the erroneous view that terminally ill patients need to be drugged until they die, but that's not the case at all," observed Stumph. "By controlling pain, patients receive quality of life and can complete things they still want to do before dying. We recently had a patient who planned a beautiful wedding for herself, while she was terminally ill, and was able to get married before she died two weeks later."

Dr. Rosche added that pain and suffering are debilitating whether they are associated with end-of-life issues or not.

"Over the last 10 years, pain management has seen tremendous advancements," noted Dr. Rosche. "When patients' pain is controlled without dulling their central nervous system and helping them remain more clear-headed, they can interact with their loved ones, find something important to do, and gain a higher quality of life because their pain suffering has been significantly decreased."

Although pain can be present in many end-stage illnesses, it is a particularly prevalent symptom of cancer. Cancerous growths can place pressure on nerves and crowd internal organs and tissue. Recent research indicates that 64% of patients with advanced, terminal cancer report pain. And, patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer report the greatest incidence of pain.

Pain control is one of the chief goals of hospice care. Federal guidelines regulating hospices have established the requirement that every reasonable effort must be made to assure a patient's pain is controlled. Most state laws governing hospice also make pain control a primary and required component of hospice care. However, many attending physicians of hospice patients are often reluctant to prescribe adequate pain medication or are unfamiliar with the latest pain control techniques, particularly those that are non-invasive.

"We are positive that our patients will feel more confident and more comfortable knowing that should their pain levels increase, Passages Hospice has the medical expertise to handle any pain crisis they might encounter," added Gillman. "It is reassuring for our nursing staff and our patients' families alike to have the resources of Dr. Rosche available."

Passages Hospice, LLC is located in Elgin, IL and is a full-service, privately held hospice company delivering: 24-hr Medicare/Medicaid Continuous Care; 24-hr. Nursing Care; 12-month Bereavement Program; Respite Services; Interdisciplinary Professional Team; Prescriptions and Medical Supplies related to hospice diagnosis; and more. For additional information, contact (847) 695-1431 or visit


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