Palliative Care

LifeCircle is an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional representation of people, organizations, and institutions in South Dakota whose purpose is to improve care at the end of life for people of the state.
Visit the LifeCircle page for more info.
Advance Care Planning are conversations between a patient, family and a healthcare provider about future healthcare decisions that may need to be made if the patient is suddenly ill or injured and unable to make their own medical decisions. These discussions will often result in Advance Directives which are written documents naming a medical power of attorney, directing the type of care they wish to receive through a living will or transportable medical orders if the patient has and advanced disease.
Visit the Advance Care Planning page for more information.
  • Programs supporting Palliative Care
  • State Wide Grants
    • 2021-2022: USD Bush Grant- Palliative Care Education Project ECHO- Cheryl Fischbach, DNP, RN; Sabina Kupershmidt, PhD; Helene Hegge, MS, RN
    • 2020-2023: Avera HRSA Grant- South Dakota Palliative Care Network- Charlene Berke; Mari Perrenoud RN, MSA, CHPN; Sarah Mollman, PhD, RN, CHPN, CNE
    • 2020-2024: NIH (NCI): R-01: Advancing Palliative Care in Northern Plains American Indians. Mary Isaacson, PhD, CHPN, SDSU Associate Professor; Dr. Bethany-Rose (BR) Daubman-Massachusetts General Hospital Palliative Care Physician; Dr. Frannie Arneson-Avera Palliative Care Physician; Dr. Daniel Peterite- Monument Health Radiation Oncologist; J.R. LaPlante- Avera Director of Tribal Relations and member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe; Tinka Duran- Senior Director-Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center and member of the Rosebud Sioux Nation
    • 2022-2023: SDSU- Avera Cancer Institute-Early Palliative Care for American Indians and Rural Patients w/Advanced Cancer- Sarah Mollman, PhD, RN, CHPN, CNE and Brandon Varilek, PhD, BAN, CHPN, CNE
    • 2022: SDSU RSCA Challenge Grant: The Impact of Personal Familiarity on Goals of Care Conversations. Brandi Pravecek, DNP, CHPN and Mary Isaacson, PhD,  CHPN

National Partners

NHPCO Website

CAPC Website

C TAC Website

Upcoming Education


28feb3:00 pm4:00 pmUpholding Due Diligence: Advocating for a Patient who Appeared to be UnrepresentedCenter to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) Webinar


08mar1:00 pm2:00 pmHow to Use CAPC Membership: Program OperationsCenter to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) Webinar

12mar11:00 am12:30 pmBuilding Resilience in Caregiving Families (member only)SDAHO Webinar

12mar12:30 pm1:30 pmCAPC Responds to Payment and Policy-Related FAQsCenter to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) Webinar

13mar12:00 pm1:00 pmM.A.I.D. - How to Respond to Patient and Family QuestionsSDAHO Webinar

13mar1:00 pm2:00 pmHow to Use CAPC Membership: Clinical TrainingCenter to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) Webinar


04apr3:00 pm4:00 pmThe Evolving Role of the Palliative Registered NurseCenter to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) Webinar

18apr12:30 pm1:30 pmSuffering, Psychedelics, and the Future of Palliative CareCenter to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) Webinar