Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

Message from the Director


Welcome to the Mercy- North Iowa Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship Website! I am proud to share with you that we have an excellent 
training program that offers you a great experience of learning both  compassionate, competent and evidence-based hospice and palliative medicine in a community hospital and community hospice setting.

We achieve this by:

  • Immersing you in the Mercy tradition of providing excellent medicine in a compassionate manner to all patients, family members and friends of the patient, along with our colleagues on the Palliative Care and Hospice teams.
  • Providing a clinical learning environment which honors your adult learning style.
  • Offering you the opportunity to learn from our dedicated professional interdisciplinary team in hospice and palliative care with a faculty that has over 30 years of experience in the field.
  • Having faculty that model collegiality, creativity and commitment to our patients and families, as well as one another in a nurturing environment of interdependence and respect. We embrace our leadership role in advancing hospice and palliative medicine in Iowa and in the U.S.
  • Affiliation with a community-based family medicine residency. This affords the Fellow ample opportunities to interact with enthusiastic learners, including family medicine residents, medical students, pharmacy residents and pharmacy students, nursing students, and chaplains.

I hope that you will take the opportunity to explore our website and contact me, if this description of our program inspires you to join us! I honestly believe that we can offer you an outstanding educational experience here at Mercy - North Iowa!  I wish you much success and personal satisfaction as you search programs and pursue a career in Palliative Medicine!

Dana Delach, M.D.
Hospice & Palliative Fellowship Program Director