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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

Providers

  • 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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    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • Biography

    Stanley Hall, NP is a family nurse practitioner certified in hospice and palliative care. He has interests in pain and non-pain symptom management, wound care, medical ethics, and keeping care patient-centered.

    Stan earned his master's degree as a family nurse practitioner from the University of Utah College of Nursing, and has served in both the U.S. Army and the Utah National Guard. In 2015, he was honored to receive St. Luke's President's Award.

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    Julia J. Hill, MD provides medical and supportive care to patients living with serious, life-threatening illnesses. She is passionate about personalizing medical care for her patients and their families to improve quality of life. She helps them explore goals and values to provide meaningful care for chronic or terminal illness.

    Dr. Hill worked in both inpatient hospice and community hospice care while in New Zealand, and her clinical knowledge in urgent care, emergency medicine, and hospitalist work helps her inform families about medical issues.

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    Biography

    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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  • Biography

    Valerie Lee, DNP is a board certified family nurse practitioner, and has worked in hospital medicine, nephrology, and palliative medicine.

    Valerie earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama and her master's degree in nursing from Northern Arizona University. She returned to the University of South Alabama to complete her doctor of nursing practice degree.

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  • Family Medicine

    Biography

    Aurelia Nelson, MD is board certified in family medicine and has over 25 years of primary care experience. She practices patient-centered care with the belief that everyone has his or her own unique values and preferences.

    Dr. Nelson has transitioned to palliative care, which allows her to continue her passion for assisting patients and families with health care decisions and giving emotional support and physical comfort for optimal quality of life.

    Dr. Nelson is originally from South Carolina, where she earned her undergraduate degree from Clemson University.

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      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

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    Johary Rodriguez, ARNP has a passion for palliative care driven by years of experience working with critically and chronically ill patients. She assesses patient and family needs and treats symptoms with the goal of improving quality of life.

    Johary earned both her bachelors' degree in nursing and master's degree in family nurse practitioner from Nova Southeastern University.

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    Accepting new patients
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      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.