February 21, 2020
JourneyCare has begun the process of sunsetting its home health operations as part of a general business reorganization.
The reorganization will eliminate an estimated 100 home health positions and cause a general reduction in workforce of another 50 employees from elsewhere in the organization.
“Although we regret having to take this action, this decision will position us to protect and strengthen JourneyCare’s mission of serving as the premier provider of palliative and end-of-life hospice care for thousands of patients and their families in northern Illinois,” says JourneyCare President and CEO Kimberly Hobson, who was named the organization’s CEO in late 2019.
Patients currently enrolled in JourneyCare’s home health program will be transitioned to other area home health agencies before all services cease on April 30. To avoid any service disruptions, JourneyCare is working closely with patients and their physicians in this transition.
JourneyCare acquired home health services in 2019 as part of an agreement that also included another hospice program.
“Ongoing integration challenges and overall issues facing the home health care industry in general, as well as limited patient enrollment in JourneyCare’s home health program, prompted our decision to close the program,” Hobson said. “Our strength is in our hospice and palliative care services. We intend to grow these service lines and re-invest in our infrastructure, the communities we serve and, most importantly, in our clinical staff, patients and patient families.”
Hobson calls the decision to reorganize “difficult, but necessary.”
“Our new path forward will enable our organization to retain talent, maintain and grow our resources and focus on what has always been our mission for more than 40 years — providing hospice and palliative care to Illinois residents and families.”