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FMC Palliative Care


Comfort and Support


FMC Palliative Care focuses on improving the quality of life for patients living with serious illnesses.

The focus is on:

  • Relieving physical pain and symptoms

  • Helping with difficult decision making

  • Providing emotional support

Understanding Palliative Care and Hospice


Palliative Care

  • Greater than 6 months prognosis

  • Undergoing Curative Treatment

  • Any stage of disease

  • May be accessing skilled long term care days

  • Services:

    • Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants

    • Physicians


  • Less than 6 months prognosis

  • Excludes curative treatment

  • Increases quality of life

  • Pain and symptom management

  • Caregiver support

  • Emotional and Spiritual Support

  • Services:

    • Hospice Team

    • RNs, LVNs, Home Health Aides, Spiritual Caregivers, Social Workers, Volunteers

    • Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants

  • Pharmacy

  • Medical Equipment

  • 24-hour support

Benefits of Palliative Care:


  • Helping prevent repeated hospital stays and ER visits

  • Helping patients understand their illness and care options

  • Educating about medications, diet, and lifestyle changes

  • Making the patient comfortable by alleviating anxiety, physical pain, and symptoms

  • Supporting coordinated care in partnership with the patient’s physician

  • Considering all needs, medical, physical, emotional, and spiritual

  • Reducing family stress

  • Bringing comfort and peace

  • Alleviating suffering

FMC Palliative Care can help at any stage of illness, even for patients seeking curative treatment.


Diagnoses include (but are not limited to):

  • Cancer

  • Congestive heart failure

  • COPD

  • Kidney failure

  • Liver Failure

  • Neurological Disease (ALS, CVA, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia)


Patients may also be experiencing the following which would make it difficult to be as active as they would like to be, or impact their quality of life:

  • Pain or Discomfort

  • Shortness of Breath

  • Fatigue

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Lack of Appetite

  • Nausea

FMC Palliative Care is homebased care and visits patients and their families wherever they are:  private homes or facilities such as assisted living and nursing homes.

Current Providers:

  • Dr. Randy Stewart, MD

  • Brandy Caple​, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

  • Tonya Fields, APRN, FNP-C

  • Marinda Newkirk, APRN, FNP-C

  • Alicia Balderas​, MPAS, PA-C

Contact Information:

  • Office Number - 806.350.7717

  • Fax Number - 806.576.2734

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