Laura Archuleta, MD, with St. Alexius Center for Family Medicine in Mandan, recently earned a certificate of added qualifications in hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Archuleta is the only board certified hospice and palliative medicine physician in the Bismarck and Mandan area. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers and other health care specialists who work with a patient’s other physicians to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided together with curative treatments.