Our Palliative Care team provides specialized, holistic medical care aimed at improving the quality of life for patients and their families facing serious illness.
St. Peter’s Approach to Palliative Care
If you’re suffering from a serious illness, our Palliative Care will work to provide an additional layer of support for both you and your family. Our team can help by working directly with your providers, offering ongoing care, symptom management, advance care planning, counseling, family support and more.
Your wishes and preferences are central to your palliative care. We provide care wherever you may be, whether it's at home, in the clinic, in the hospital or an assisted living facility. Our team includes medical director, advanced practice practitioners, social work, and chaplain.
Why Choose Palliative Care at St. Peter’s?
Our mission is to enhance your quality of life, helping to:
- Provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
- Affirm life and regard dying as a normal process
- Integrate psychological and spiritual aspects of care
- Offer a support system to help families and patients throughout the course of an illness
- Positively influence the course of illness
- Advocate for the patient and family’s wishes and needs
How can Palliative Care at St. Peter’s help you?
Our palliative care team can help by:
- Assisting with Advance Care Planning: We can help do things like establish a living will or medical powers of attorney, ensuring your wishes are known if you become unable to speak for yourself
- Defining Goals of Care and symptom management: We will work to help reduce and control pain and debilitating symptoms, and collaborate with your doctor to ensure the best possible treatment. This includes defining care options for you through education and symptom management.
- Support for families: Social work available to provide counseling and connections to various community resources. We also work coordinating family meetings to assist with medical decisions.
- Providing spiritual counseling: Our Board Certified Chaplain provides spiritual support for patients and families from all spiritual and religious backgrounds.
The Palliative Care team at St. Peter’s Health provides both inpatient and outpatient care to patients suffering from a wide range of illness, including:
- Heart disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Kidney disease
- Other progressive chronic conditions
Palliative Care Consultation
In most cases, a referral is necessary to begin palliative care. Talk to your physician or nurse about a referral to palliative care. You can call us at 406-444-2137 to arrange a consultation to discuss how we can meet your needs.
Carissa Bergman, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, earned her Family Nurse Practitioner degree and Master of Science in Nursing from San Francisco State University. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to coming to St. Peter's she worked in Spokane, Washington.
MaryAnn Beach, PA earned her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, and her Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance–Exercise Science from the University of Montana in Missoula. She is a member of the National Commission On Certification Of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Location(s) of Palliative Care Services
Helena, MT 59601