About two years ago, UND’s Center for Rural Health set up a new task force to encourage North Dakota medical providers to offer palliative care.
Palliative care is a growing field focused on patients with a serious illness – providing a team approach including doctors, nurses, therapists, and others.
Social worker Emily Pipkin says it’s designed to help patients navigate the medical system with more information about their treatment.
And while she works in the hospital’s hospice program, palliative care covers much more than hospice.
(Emily Pipkin, Social Worker) “With hospice, we’re focusing more on those individuals that don’t want to seek any aggressive measures or treatments. And home health we’re getting them back to a stable position. But with palliative, we’re bridging the gap to where we’re meeting them where they’re getting their aggressive measures but also wanting comfort management.”
CHI-St. Alexius in Williston is holding a free breakfast meeting Friday from 8 to 9 am, at First Lutheran Church to provide information about the facility’s new palliative care program.