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We found 6 hospice and palliative medicine specialists near Duluth, MN.

Dr. Ifeyinwa Nneka Igwe, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
400 E 3rd Street
Duluth, MN
 

Dr. Ifeyinwa Igwe works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist. She is conversant in Igbo. Dr. Igwe is professionally affiliated with Essentia Health-Duluth (Miller-Dwan Building). She obtained her medical school training at the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences and performed her residency at North General Hospital and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Clinical interests: Pain, Rehabilitation

Dr. Sean Thomas Kempke, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, General Pediatrics
407 East Third Street
Duluth, MN
 

Dr. Sean Kempke's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and general pediatrics. Dr. Kempke accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and residency at Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program. He is professionally affiliated with Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center (Duluth).

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Dr. Kirstin Selbyann Lesage, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
400 E 3rd Street
Duluth, MN
 

Dr. Kirstin Lesage works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist. She is affiliated with Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center (Duluth). She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Lesage's residency was performed at Gundersen Lutheran. Dr. Lesage accepts Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
400 E 3rd Street
Duluth, MN
 

Dr. Keith Peterson practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) in Duluth, MN and Virginia, MN. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Peterson takes. Dr. Peterson's education and training includes medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He is affiliated with Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center (Duluth).

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
330 E. Second Street
Duluth, MN
 

Dr. Katheryn Lauer is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and family medicine practitioner. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Emory University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
400 E 3rd Street
Duluth, MN
 

Dr. Thomas Elliott is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. Dr. Elliott is affiliated with Essentia Health-Duluth.

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What is Hospice and Palliative Medicine?

Palliative care refers to any medical care that focuses on treating a patient’s symptoms, such as pain, rather than directly addressing the underlying disease. Hospice care is a specific kind of palliative care that aims to make patients more comfortable at the end of their lives. Although hospice care and palliative care are two distinct medical specialties with their own definitions, they are very closely related to each other. Palliative care can technically be used at any stage of life; however when most people use the term palliative care, they are referring to hospice care -- making a terminally ill patient more comfortable when there is nothing more that medicine can do to treat their illness.

Hospice medicine is professional medical care for patients in the last 6 months or less of their lives. The aim of hospice is to provide quality of life rather than quantity and to make the patient and family as comfortable and supported as possible as they prepare for the natural process of death.

Hospice care is provided wherever the patient lives, whether that is at the patient’s home, in a nursing home, in a hospital, or in some cases a center run by the hospice. Care is provided by a team of professionals, which usually includes:
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Therapists or counselors
  • Chaplains, pastors, priests, imams, or other clergy
  • Volunteers, who help with day-to-day tasks

Hospice care provides medical care, treatments and medications, services such as physical therapy, equipment such as wheelchairs, community and religious connections, and emotional support.

Death can be a difficult event, and hospice aims to help tend to the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients at this time. After death, hospice often continues to support the family through the logistics of the funeral and any religious services as well as their grief process.