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St. Luke's Clinic - Palliative Medicine: Boise

Palliative medicine optimizes your quality of life through support tailored to your individual needs. Our team of experts will help guide you and your family through any stage of a serious illness or health problem. We'll work to improve communication between you, your family, and your health care providers. Together, we'll discuss your treatment choices, decision making and planning for your future, and managing your illness at home to avoid hospitalization.

It's never too early to start palliative care. We can prevent or provide relief from symptoms like:

  • Pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sleep problems
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Emotional and spiritual distress


  • Biography

    Jeremy Basse, FNP is a palliative care nurse practitioner offering medical and supportive care to patients living with serious, life-threatening illnesses. He strives to optimize quality of life by providing symptom control and assists patients to direct their care in ways that are most meaningful to them.

    Jeremy earned his bachelor's degree in nursing from Carrol College and his master's degree from Gonzaga University. He has served in the National Health Service Corps, providing care in remote Alaskan villages and rural Idaho. He brings extensive experience in critical care nursing, hospice care, and family medicine to his practice.


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  • Biography

    Zachary Erekson, MD is the medical director of palliative care at St. Luke's, and offers medical and supportive care to patients living with serious, life-threatening illnesses. As a palliative medicine specialist, he takes a goal-oriented approach to medical care. Dr. Erekson works with patients to explore their goals and values, then teams with other healthcare professionals in providing meaningful care.

    Dr. Erekson has worked as a hospitalist, a palliative care provider, and a hospice provider. His has conducted research into and taught others about open and compassionate communication with patients and their loved ones.


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  • Mental Health


    Tina Johnson, LCSW is licensed clinical social worker with advanced training and expertise in helping people navigate life's difficulties. She values a perspective of humanistic and strengths in her practice, and she worked in a variety of roles in Portland, Chicago, and Missoula prior to joining St. Luke's.

    Tina earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Idaho and her master's degree in social work from Smith College School for Social Work. She holds a certification of Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker and is a member of the Idaho Society of Clinical Social Workers, the Idaho Quality of Life Coalition, and the National Association of Social Workers.


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  • Family Medicine


    Peter Kozisek, MD has had a long-standing interest in chronic disease management, patient and family centered medical decision making, and helping patients maximize quality of life. He is experienced in both inpatient and outpatient care, and medical education.

    Apart from his responsibilities at St. Luke's, Dr. Kozisek is also a clinical associate professor in the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine.


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