Palliative Care

Ridgeview offers palliative care services to patients dealing with serious (life-limiting or potentially life-limiting) medical problems. This "extra layer of support" focuses on relieving suffering, improving the quality of life and concurrent with life-prolonging treatments. Our palliative care team will develop a plan of care for the whole person and family–mind, body and spirit and sees patients and their families in both the clinic and hospital settings.

Palliative care services include:

  • Symptom management
  • Emotional and/or spiritual support for patients and their loved ones
  • Guidance through difficult medical decisions

Palliative care services are often provided to patients with the following medical conditions (but not limited to):

  • Cancer
  • Chronic lung disease (COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, etc.)
  • Congestive Heart Failure or other serious heart conditions
  • Renal (kidney) failure
  • Liver failure
  • Neurodegenerative (Dementia, ALS, Parkinson’s)
  • Stroke

Ridgeview’s palliative care team

Ridgeview’s palliative care team works with each patient to meet his/her individual needs, providing:

  • Complex symptom management (i.e. pain, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, poor appetite)
  • Emotional and/or spiritual support for the patient and their loved ones
  • Decisional support such as discussing “goals of care” and future decisions, including the completion of a Health Care Directive.

Our multi-disciplinary palliative care team includes a specially trained palliative care physician, counselor (licensed social worker) and spiritual health professional (chaplain).

Portrait of Jason Kallestad, MD, head of Ridgeview's Palliative CareLeading the team is Jason Kallestad, MD, board-certified in Family Medicine and Palliative Medicine. In addition to practicing inpatient and outpatient palliative medicine since 2011, Dr. Kallestad was an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota from 2011 to 2016 and co-chair of the Fairview Southdale Hospital Ethics Committee from 2013 to 2016. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota, Methodist/Park Nicollet site in Family Medicine and his fellowship at the University of Minnesota in Hospice Palliative Medicine.

Portrait of Kari Olson, APRN, CNS, palliative care provider at RidgeviewKari Olson, APRN, CNS, is a palliative care provider at Ridgeview Specialty Clinic and Ridgeview Medical Center. She has practiced palliative medicine since 2010 and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing.


When to consider palliative care

Referrals for palliative care services are made by the patient's physician or hospitalist when there is a serious illness (life limiting or potentially life limiting) and an unmet need relating to a patient's symptom management, support or decision making.

Insurance coverage

Insurance coverage for palliative care varies by plan. Please contact your insurance provider and ask about palliative care coverage.