We found 7 hospice and palliative medicine specialists near Duluth, MN.

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

Dr. Ifeyinwa Igwe practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) in International Falls, MN, Duluth, MN, and Deer River, MN. After attending the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school, Dr. Igwe completed her residency training at North General Hospital and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. She accepts Medicare insurance. In addition to English, she speaks Igbo. She is professionally affiliated with Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 3rd Street Building, Essentia Health-Duluth (Miller-Dwan Building), and Essentia Health-International Falls Clinic.

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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 practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and general pediatrics in Hermantown, MN and Duluth, MN. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, he performed his residency at Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kempke's professional affiliations include Essentia Health-Hermantown Clinic and 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 is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She works in Duluth, MN. She honors Medicare insurance. Before performing her residency at Gundersen Lutheran, Dr. Lesage attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. She is professionally affiliated with Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center (Duluth).

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

Dr. Robert Boman specializes in adult hospital medicine and hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He is affiliated with Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 3rd Street Building. Dr. Boman studied medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He accepts Medicare insurance.

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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 medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is professionally affiliated with Essentia Health-Duluth.

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

Dr. Katheryn Lauer sees patients in Duluth, MN. Her medical specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lauer is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center (Duluth).

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

Dr. Keith Peterson specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and practices in Duluth, MN and Virginia, MN. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Peterson attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Peterson honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center (Duluth) and Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic.

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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.
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