Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care

North York General Hospital's Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care offers a program designed to meet the needs of patients and their loved ones who are living with advanced serious illness. Our team provides care for patients in hospital, in clinic, and at home.

At the Freeman Centre we believe that palliative care is about:

  • Hope
  • Dignity
  • Compassion
  • Quality of life
Patient with members of the palliative care team

Our interprofessional team is comprised of health care providers who work together to provide care for patients in hospital, ambulatory clinics and at home. The team includes palliative care physicians, advanced practice nurses, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians and spiritual care providers. We work closely with the patient's family physician, who we believe is an essential part of the team.

We provide: 

  • Seamless and coordinated care
  • Help to manage physical, spiritual and psychosocial symptoms
  • An individualized treatment plan that is aligned with patient and family goals
  • Assistance with difficult conversations
  • Support to prepare for end of life, loss, grief and bereavement 

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with serious illnesses. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stresses of a serious illness — whatever the diagnosis. At the Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care, our goal is to improve quality of life and provide dignity for both the patient and family.

Patient with members of the interprofessional palliative care team

Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and is provided together with active treatment.


Pat (Patricia) Mackey was an inaugural member of North York General Hospital's Patient and Family Advisory Council. Following her cancer reoccurrence and while receiving care at the Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care, she generously shared her time, candid thoughts and observations, on video, of what it is like to live with a terminal cancer diagnosis. Pat's wish was that by sharing her experience, patients and families will know that “palliative care is about finding energy and joy in your day, not focusing on the illness."

Watch the video Pat Mackey: Living with a Terminal Cancer Diagnosis
NYGH's YouTube channelFebruary 12, 2014 

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 The Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care is recognized as a leading practice by Accreditation Canada. Learn more about the Leading Practices Database.