Palliative Care

Palliative care is a comfort and support specialty for people with advanced or complicated illnesses. It is appropriate at any stage of a serious disease and can be provided alongside curative treatments. Palliative care is commonly described as a multidimensional approach that offers an extra level of support to help both families and patients manage the pain, symptoms and stress of their disease. The goal of this approach is to encourage individuals to live fully and to maximize their quality-of-life throughout the entire process.

Palliative care consultations traditionally include these components:

  1. A holistic approach to the stress of illness (assessment/treatment of pain and physical symptoms, psychosocial patient/caregiver support, spiritual support)
  2. Communication strategies to elicit patient-centered values and goals
  3. Help with coping and decision-making along the disease trajectory
  4. Shared decision-making regarding hospice referral, when nearing end-of-life
  5. Facilitating and reinforcing communication between patient and referring provider

Palliative Care Clinic Locations and Hours

Main Clinic:

  • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month
  • 201 S 68th St Place; Lincoln

Pine Lake Medical Plaza:

  • 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
  • 3901 Pine Lake Rd, Ste 111; Lincoln

Phone: (402) 420-7000

Palliative Care Team

Dr. Mark J. Stavas attended college at Creighton University and graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, and his residency in Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.Following his medical training, he served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt from 2015-2018. During his time at Vanderbilt, he directed the pediatric and palliative radiation service lines and established one of the first inpatient palliative radiation programs in the United States.

Amanda Bauer, APRN worked as an oncology nurse for 10 years and then earned her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Nebraska. She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, certified in oncology.  She sees patients, performs physical exams and monitors patients for treatment responses.  In addition to treating oncology patients, she will also be seeing patients in SNCC’s palliative care clinic. She has over three years of experience with palliative medicine, which focuses on improving patients quality of life, symptom management and advanced care planning.