Improving the quality of life for patients and families living with a serious illness

Palliative care focuses on improving the quality of life for patients and their families through the management of symptoms, pain and stress brought on by a serious illness. The palliative care team supports anyone with a progressive, serious, or life-limiting illness such as: heart disease, lung disease, liver failure, renal failure, neurodegenerative disorders, (i.e. ALS, MS, Parkinson’s), dementia or cancer. Unlike hospice care, palliative care can be provided for an indefinite period of time. While receiving palliative care, patients can remain under the care of their primary care and specialty providers and continue to receive treatment for their disease.


  • Pain and symptom management
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Coordination of care and communication between patients, families and healthcare professionals
  • Support for loved ones and caregivers
  • Advance care planning, including benefits and risks of life-sustaining and life extending measures
  • Assistance in completing advance directives and Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
  • Referral to community resources

Dawn Porte FNP-BC

Dawn Porte FNP-BC
Palliative Care
(406) 327-4312