LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF
Illinois’ largest nonprofit hospice network has revealed its new name: JourneyCare.
Chicago-based Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care, Barrington-based JourneyCare and Glenview-based Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter merged in June. Sarah Bealles, president and CEO of JourneyCare, said she hopes the change will “enhance their services” and allow for a wider away of programs and resources for seriously ill patients and their families.
“Facing serious illness is a journey, and individuals and their families need expert partners in their care that can help them navigate their very personal and meaningful choices, goals and wishes,” Bealles said in a statement sent to Life Matters Media. “We believe our brand is the continuation of our commitment to provide our patients and families an unprecedented level of customized care and support, clinical expertise, and 24/7 access to care.”
The organization employs more than 900 health care professionals and cares for thousands of patients each day throughout northern Illinois. JourneyCare operates five inpatient hospice centers and six offices in the greater Chicago area.
In recent years health care companies have been consolidating as Medicare reimbursements become lower and providers face cuts. With an increasingly aging population, the demand for hospice and palliative care will likely rise.
Hospice care is designed to help comfort the seriously ill near the end of life, and it has become increasingly popular in recent years – reaching nearly $14 billion in payments during 2011. The Medicare hospice benefit, established in 1982 to help patients pay for care, is usually provided only to those with a life expectancy of six months or less.