830.401.7224 | 1215 E. Court St., Seguin, TX 78155
A serious chronic illness is one of life’s toughest challenges – both for patients and for their loved ones. A specialized service called Lifelong Intensive Family Emotional (LIFE) Care provides patients and families extra support and comfort during a difficult time. LIFE Care is designed to improve the quality of life for patients and their families facing the problems associated with serious or life-threatening illness. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering by early identification and treatment of pain and other physical symptoms. Treatment also focuses on the emotional and spiritual issues that the patients and family may be experiencing.
Meet Our Providers
Charles Nolan, MD
Dr. Charles Nolan received his Doctor of Medicine degree with Honors from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado. After completing a fellowship training in Nephrology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, he served with honor and distinction for 14 years in the United States Air Force attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. After the Air Force, Dr. Nolan joined the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio where he was Medical Director of the Kidney Transplant for 18 years attaining the academic rank of Professor of Medicine and Surgery.
Over the two decades of caring for critically ill patients with kidney, liver or lung failure, he developed a keen interest in the care of patients at the end-of-life and developed a novel one-of-a-kind Transplant Palliative Care program which became an integral part of the solid organ transplant program at University Hospital San Antonio. He also served as the Medical Director of Palliative Care services for 4 years at University Hospital.
In 2014, Dr. Nolan retired from the practice of transplant medicine to pursue his dream of developing a first-class comprehensive palliative care program at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center. Dr. Nolan has since helped develop a state-of-the-art comprehensive outpatient and inpatient palliative care program. The palliative care program at GRMC, called the LIFE Care Program, is an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, chaplains and social workers, who all provide ongoing support to patients and families dealing with life-threatening illness.
This type of palliative care support to patients and families is designed to be delivered concurrent with other ongoing treatments. The centerpiece of the LIFE Care service is a comprehensive Advance Care Planning program called “Making Sure Your Voice is Heard”, through which patients and their families are provided the opportunity to work with certified Advance Care Planning Facilitators who assist the patient in clarifying their goals, values and beliefs and aligning these goals with their preferences for life-sustaining medical treatments in the future.