Palliative Care

Palliative Care is specialized medical care focused on relieving the symptoms, pain, and stress of serious illness - whatever the diagnosis. Palliative Care can be provided alongside curative treatment, and is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness (according to The Center to Advance Palliative Care).

Eligibility for Palliative Care

Palliative Care is appropriate for anyone suffering a serious, chronic or life-threatening illness.

Palliative Care Team

The Palliative Care program consists of a multidisciplinary team composed of physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, counselors, pharmacists, chaplains, and ethicists working to design short-term and long-term plans for the patient.

Benefits of Palliative Care

According to The Center to Advance Palliative Care, hospitals which provide Palliative Care programs find patients and families are more likely to report:

  • A higher level of confidence in their health care team.
  • A better sense of control regarding decisions about their care, including pain and symptom management, treatments and interventions.
  • Decreased suffering, worry and anxiety related to their serious illness.
  • More "internal balance" regarding goals, choices, family, and course of illness or injury.
  • Higher satisfaction with the communication around their condition and care.
  • An increased sense of support, preparation, direction, and of the next steps once the hospital stay is over.

Regional Health Outpatient Services

  • Rapid City 605-755-2300
  • Spearfish 605-644-4444

Regional Health Inpatient Services 

Ask your physician for a consultation with our Palliative Care team.

Our Employed Care Providers

Andrea K Baier, MD

Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Kim Nearhood, CNP

Hospice & Palliative Medicine