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Archuleta board certified

Laura Archuleta

Laura Archuleta

 

Laura Archuleta, MD, with St. Alexius Center for Family Medicine in Mandan, recently earned a certificate of added qualifications in hospice and palliative medicine. Archuleta is the only board certified hospice and palliative medicine physician in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers and other health care specialists who work with a patient’s other physicians to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided together with curative treatments.