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St. Luke's Clinic – Palliative Medicine: Meridian

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.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      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.

  • Biography

    Emily Getlein-Marques, NP-C is an adult gerontology nurse practitioner at St. Luke’s Clinic—Palliative Medicine. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and has a special interest in palliative care informed by her experience in the intensive care unit and with home hospice. Her focus is on helping patients and their loved ones identify what quality of life means to them and using a team approach to achieve their specific goals.

    Emily earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and her master’s degree from Boise State University. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      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.

  • Biography

    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.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      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.

  • 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.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      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.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • 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.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      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.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • Biography

    Rebecca Robinson, NP-C is a nurse practitioner with a primary focus on the care, support, and education of her patients to help them live their best lives in the face of chronic illness. She has a special interest in adult learning in advanced heart failure, and has worked previously in the operating room, intensive care unit, and mechanical circulatory support.

    Rebecca is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in adult-gerontology acute care medicine. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Andrews University and her doctorate degree as a nurse practitioner from the University of Washington.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      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.

  • Biography

    Kaylynn Winwood, DNP is a family nurse practitioner with a passion for helping patients with chronic illnesses navigate their diseases. She has special interests in pain management, non-pain symptom management, and quality improvement processes, all while keeping her focus on patient-centered care. 

    Kaylynn earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Concordia-Portland University. She earned her doctorate degree as a nurse practitioner from the University of Arizona. Her doctorate project, Palliative Care in the Oncology Population, was presented at the Center of Advancement of Palliative care in 2019. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      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.

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