Palliative Care - VA Northern California Health Care System
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Palliative Care

Palliative care is a type of care that aims to improve quality of life for patients, and to support their families, as they face problems associated with serious illness. The focus is on the prevention and relief of suffering, by means of early identification, careful assessment, and effective treatment for pain and other discomforts: physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Services available at Sacramento/Mather:

  • Palliative Care Inpatient Consult Service: Monday-Friday
  • Palliative Care Outpatient Clinic: Thursday afternoons
  • Palliative Care/Oncology Outpatient Clinic: Monday mornings
  • Palliative Care Telehealth Outpatient Clinic is a collaboration between a Mather-based Palliative Care physician and a Veteran and RN from the VA Redding Clinic

Point of contact for services at Sacramento/Mather:

  • Dr. Cynthia Alli at 916-640-8050
  • Alternate: Suzanne Trygar, Social Worker at 916-640-8050

Services available at East Bay/Martinez:

  • Palliative Care Outpatient Clinic: Wednesday and Friday mornings and Thursday 9-5
  • Palliative Care Outpatient Clinic: Wednesday afternoons (at VA Oakland)
  • Inpatient Hospice Unit: 24 hour inpatient service

Point of contact for services at East Bay Martinez:

  • For Palliative Care Outpatient Clinic-Renita Vinluan-Fan, NP at 925-370-4772
  • For Inpatient Hospice Unit-Mary Rank, NP at 925-370-4740

Services from both VA Sacramento/Mather and VA East Bay/Martinez:

Home Based Primary Care (which includes Palliative Care): Monday - Friday provided out of the East Bay and Sacramento Valley in the Veterans’ homes.
Coming soon: No Veteran Dies Alone Program with screened and trained volunteers. These volunteers will be available to sit with, and provide companionship for Veterans who are actively dying and have no relatives, friend or family and are alone. This program is being started at the VA Sacramento Medical Center.

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Contact Info


  • Sacramento VAMC
    Martinez OPC

Contact Number(s)

  • 916-843-7479
  • 925-370-4772

Hours of Operation

  • East Bay: Wednesday/Friday Morning, Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Sacramento Valley: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm