Clinical Social Work Services

At Doctors Medical Center Modesto, we realize that dealing with an illness or injury can present a difficult time for patients and their loved ones. Caring and qualified clinical social workers are available to assist you and your family with the many psychological and social problems that may arise during illness and hospitalization. Our clinical social workers are trained healthcare professionals with master’s degrees in social work. As a key member of your health care team, we listen closely to your concerns and promote your total health. Our aim is to offer a comprehensive service providing advocacy, education, and links with appropriate resources.

How To Reach A Social Worker

There is a social worker assigned to each unit within the hospital. If you would like to speak with a clinical social worker, please ask the nursing staff or your doctor to contact the Social Services Department for the social worker assigned to your floor.


Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Saturday – Sunday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Holidays and after hours, please speak with your nurse.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is the overall care and management of the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients with serious and/or life-threatening illnesses. The purpose is to try and reduce symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. Palliative Care is available to you at any time during your illness, in fact, it is never too early to ask for a Palliative Care Consult while hospitalized. Palliative care occurs at the same time as all other treatments for your illnesses do.

Who is a part of the Palliative Care Team?

The Palliative team includes physicians, nurses, social workers and a chaplain who have special training and expertise in helping people who are coping with a chronic illness.

What can I expect from a Palliative Care Consult?

You can expect the Palliative Care Program to provide you with special expertise and to assist you with support services that include:

  • Expert treatment for relief of pain and symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, constipation, loss of appetite, problems with sleep, depression, and/or anxiety in order to optimize your quality of life and positively influence the course of the illness
  • Assistance, education, and support in making difficult decisions to ensure that the care you receive is in line with your wishes
  • Coordination of care and treatment among all of your doctors at all stages of your illness
  • Identification of services in the community to support patients and families after leaving our hospital

How can I access the Palliative Care Program?

You, your family member, or any health care professional working with you can ask your hospital doctor for a Palliative Care Consult. You may also request a visit from a member of the Palliative Care Team by calling (209) 576-3786.

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