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




12jun12:00 pm1:00 pmEvolution of the Interdisciplinary Palliative Care (IPC) SeminarLifeCircle

13jun11:00 am12:00 pmCase Studies: Applying the Research to Change Public Perceptions about Palliative CareWebinar

13jun11:30 am12:30 pmPALLIATIVE CARE IN DEMENTIAMJHS Hospice and Palliative Care Webinar

14jun11:00 am12:00 pmNavigating Health Disparities in End-of-Life Care: Challenges for Caregivers (member only)SDAHO Webinar

17jun11:00 am12:00 pmThe Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Work Certification Prep SessionSWHPN Webinar


11jul11:00 am12:00 pmSexuality and Intimacy in Palliative Care (member only)SDAHO Webinar

16jul1:00 pm2:00 pmSexuality and Intimacy within the Palliative Care PopulationCAPC Webinar

31jul1:00 pm2:00 pmHow Palliative Care Can Support Caregivers in Policy and PracticeCAPC Webinar


06aug1:00 pm2:00 pmHow Clinicians Can Influence Public Perception of Palliative CareCAPC Webinar

15aug11:30 am12:30 pmEthical Decision Making When Advance Directives May No Longer ApplyMJHS Hospice and Palliative Care Webinar