CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Summit Palliative Care is pleased to welcome Dr. Olena MacNichol to the practice.
After spending the last 17 years in Canada, Dr. MacNichol is excited to call Franklin County home and begin caring for patients.
She said palliative care makes a huge difference for those dealing with a serious disease, and she knows what a difference that care can make in their treatment.
“I grew up in the Ukraine where there is nothing like palliative care available. Serious diagnosis belonged to the list of topics that were addressed on rare occasions. It made it very difficult to help. I love being a part of the team that offers the tools to support my patients and their families when dealing with a serious illness or condition,” she said.
Summit Palliative Care’s program is designed to help relieve the stress of seriously ill patients. Palliative care can be provided at any time during a person’s illness. Palliative care is focused on reducing pain, symptoms, and stress for patients with serious illnesses, especially while they are receiving curative treatments. Dr. MacNichol said that often, the concept of palliative care is misunderstood.
“People feel if you get palliative care we aren’t treating your illness, but that isn’t true. We offer help with managing the symptoms a patient is experiencing so they can enjoy a greater quality of life. This is not just an end-of-life service, it’s more about support regardless of life-expectancy,” she said.
Outside of work, Dr. MacNichol enjoys gardening, sewing, and helping with animal rescue organizations.