(MINOT, ND) – Trinity Health has expanded its continuum of care at Trinity Hospital, adding Palliative Medicine to its scope of services. Palliative Medicine is a program of specialized medical care for people with serious and life-limiting illnesses.
Leading the program are Ann M. Hoff, MD, and Kristy Leier, FNP-C. They work with a team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and other specialists to focus on providing relief from the stress and symptoms associated with the serious or life-limiting illness and to improve quality of life for patients and their families.
A Bismarck native, Dr. Hoff received her medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and completed an Emergency Medicine residency at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester. She was a member of Trinity’s Emergency/Trauma team for six years before leaving in 2015 to complete her palliative fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She’s a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians.
A North Dakota native, Kristy Leier, FNP-C, received both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Family Nurse Practice from the University of Mary, Bismarck. She practiced in Trinity’s Emergency Department for 12 years as an RN, and upon completing her nurse practitioner training served seven years as a provider in emergency, occupational and family medicine settings. She’s a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the North Dakota Nurse Practitioners Association, and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.