Palliative Care

Manage symptoms, calm anxieties.
Palliative Care

Palliative Care helps patients enjoy a high quality of life through management and treatment of difficult-to-control symptoms.

About Palliative Care

HealthEast Palliative Care treats the physical and emotional symptoms experienced during a serious or life-limiting illness. We offer help with working through concerns or anxieties; thinking about goals of care, advance directives or difficult decision making; collaboration with your treating team to give you the best care possible; and assistance with challenging family matters. We can discuss difficult decisions with you and your family and help you maintain the best quality of life possible.

Contact Palliative Care

Palliative Care is here to help. For questions or to schedule a consultation, call 651-232-3350.

The types of patients who benefit from Palliative Care are often those with:

  • Serious or life-threatening illnesses
  • Symptoms of disease or side effects of treatment such as pain, breathlessness, nausea, fatigue or depression
  • Symptoms of declining health
  • Illnesses that have required more than two hospitalizations within three months
  • Questions about complex decision making or wanting to discuss goals of care

Among others, Palliative Care helps patients with a diagnosis of serious illnesses, such as:

  • Cancer
  • Severe heart disease
  • Severe lung disease
  • Dementia
  • Severe liver or kidney disease
  • Severe neurological disease

Palliative Care team

The HealthEast Palliative Care team consists of doctors, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners, clergy and social workers who dedicate their practice to Palliative Care. This team works in partnership with you and your primary treating providers, but does not assume the role or replace your primary doctor.


Martha Ording, MD
Palliative Care

How Palliative Care differs from hospice

Patients in any stage of a serious illness may benefit from seeing a Palliative Care consultant even when actively pursuing curative, life-prolonging treatments. Palliative Care helps patients enjoy a high quality of life through management of symptoms.

Hospice Care, by comparison, is a Medicare benefit for patients who are likely in their last six months of life, who have decided to forgo treatment of active disease and who have opted for comfort as their main goal of care. Hospice care provides symptom management and the best quality of life possible in a variety of settings.

Palliative Care consultations

Consultations are available to patients at all HealthEast hospitals.

Bethesda Hospital
559 Capitol Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55103
St. John's Hospital
1575 Beam Avenue
Maplewood, MN 55109
St. Joseph's Hospital
45 West 10th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
Woodwinds Health Campus
1925 Woodwinds Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125