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JourneyCare is the largest nonprofit provider of hospice and palliative care in Illinois, serving nearly 3,000 adult and pediatric patients and their families each day, helping them to live fully, with dignity and without pain, on their own terms.

The agency was formed in 2015 as a result of the merger of three highly respected nonprofit community-based healthcare providers, Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care, JourneyCare, and Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter, to offer more access to palliative, supportive and end-of-life care to patients and families across 10 counties in the Chicago area and northern Illinois.

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In the News

Quintessential Barrington –Life is a Journey
July/August, 2018
A photo spread and report on JourneyCare’s first educational seminar, Life is a Journey, featuring Dr. Lucy Kalanithi speaking on the importance of Advance Care Planning.

Country: Barrington Style & Substance – A Caring Journey
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Ruby Gala Committee Chair Michelle Maison is profiled, exploring the life events that initially connected her to JourneyCare, along with Foundation President Joseph Matty, who explains more about JourneyCare’s 2018 Ruby Gala.

Northwest Herald – Mom’s final scene comes peacefully, but far too soon
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Columnist Joan Oliver shares her mother’s experience in our Woodstock CareCenter. 

Daily Southtown – Hospice is different from palliative care but both are considered ‘comfort care’
Sunday, April 22, 2018
JourneyCare shares our expertise in the Daily Southtown, showcasing the value of advance care planning while broadly educating the communities we serve in the south and southwest suburban areas about JourneyCare. The article highlights our community outreach director Rachael Telleen.

Northwest Herald – Miniature Horse Brings Smiles to Seniors at Woodstock’s Valley Hi Nursing Home
Saturday, March 10, 2018
 JourneyCare pet therapy volunteer Carol Swinford is profiled for her work with patients at Valley Hi Nursing Home, a JourneyCare partner agency.

Daily Herald – JourneyCare Decades Dance helps ‘incredibly special’ pediatric hospice program
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Cathy McCann shares her experience of caring for her daughter Sadie, and about JourneyCare’s All About Kids pediatric program. It was our privilege to care for Sadie and to be there for the McCann family. 

Chicago Tribune – At some deathbeds, like Mary Frances Fagan’s, friends can be family
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
JourneyCare sends our heartfelt condolences to the many devoted loved ones of Mary Frances Fagan. We were honored to have her in our care.

North Shore Weekend West
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Glitz & Gatsby Gala

McHenry County College Twofers Class Links Classroom with Real-life Issues
Daily Herald, January 12, 2018
JourneyCare participates in an ethics panel discussion.

“The Weekly Show” with Mick Lee and Kristina Kage
As heard on The New 93.9 Lite FM, BIG 95.5FM and 103.5 KISS FM on Dec. 2/3, 2017
JourneyCare’s Julie Glendenning, VP of Learning and Development, and Ted Busch, Volunteer, are interviewed.


“The Weekly Show” with Mick Lee and Kristina Kage
As heard on 93.9 MYfm, BIG 95.5FM and 103.5 KISS FM on Oct. 28/29, 2017
JourneyCare’s Karen Evans, Bereavement Coordinator, and Tammy McNeal, Chaplain, are interviewed.


JourneyCare’s Glitz and Gatsby Dinner Cruise
December 15, 2017
Barrington Courier
Northbrook Star 

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month: JourneyCare Helps Patients and Families Focus on Quality of Life
November 15, 2017
Arlington Heights Post
Barrington Courier
Daily Southtown
Glenview Announcements

Glitz & Gatsby Dinner Cruise to Benefit JourneyCare
October 27, 2017
Barrington Courier
Glenview Announcements
Hinsdale Doings
Lake County News-Sun
Lake Forester

An Evening in the Hamptons with JourneyCare
Quintessential Barrington Magazine, September/October 2017

Shedding New Light on Hospice Care: No Need to Wait For The “Brink of Death.”
Kaiser Health News
Sept. 7, 2017

AMC Foundation Medicare Report
Senior Americans Association
Gilmer (TX) Mirror
Sept. 7, 2017

Chicago Tribune
Medical Xpress
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sept. 12, 2017

Hospitals and Health Networks
Sept. 15, 2017

Seattle Times
Sept. 22, 2017

Dayton Daily News
Oct. 31, 2017

The articles feature comments from JourneyCare’s VP of Medical Services, Dr. Mark Grzeskowiak.

The Gala: An Evening in the Hamptons
Barrington Country Magazine, September 1, 2017

JourneyCare’s Gala Nets Over $350,000
August 25, 2017
Barrington Courier
Northbrook Star

For Many Professions. Death On The Job Is A Daily Reality
WBEZ 91.5 Chicago, Morning Shift, June 14, 2017
The Morning Shift spent the day with JourneyCare’s Maggie McMeekin to gain insight into her day-to-day life as a hospice resource nurse.

Decades Dance – JourneyCare
Barrington Country Magazine, May 9, 2017

Allstate Kid of the Week: Jan Gierlach
WGN-720 AM, Steve Cochran Show, Jan. 31, 2017
JourneyCare nominated Jan for this honor to highlight his upcoming Ride for 3 Reasons. On Feb. 7, 18-year-old Jan will embark on a 3,300 mile solo bike ride along the southern tier of the United States to raise funds and awareness for ALS and cancer research, along with hospice and advance care planning. JourneyCare is one of the local charities the Ride supports. 

Barrington Junior Women’s Club Celebrates 80 Years
Quintessential Barrington Magazine, January/February 2017
JourneyCare’s Kathleen Recchia talks about how the BJWC grant supports Camp Courage.

Jan Solo
Quintessential Barrington Magazine, January/February 2017
Jan Gierlach is the second generation to bike for Ride for 3 Reasons…that benefits three specific causes (JourneyCare is one of the causes). JourneyCare COO Kelly Fischer talks about how funds from the Ride will support advance care planning education in our communities.

Local Organization That Provides Respite Care In Need of Volunteers
WIFR TV Rockford, January 3, 2017

Therapy Dog Makes Woman’s Last Days Memorable
Daily Herald, November 28, 2016

JourneyCare Helped Family Say Goodbye to Mother
Daily Herald, November 28, 2016

JourneyCare Volunteers Assist Patients in Their Final Days
Daily Herald, November 28, 2016

Medical Student Learns Lesson at Hospice
Daily Herald, November 28, 2016

Volunteering at Hospice Proves Invaluable
Daily Herald, November 28, 2016

How To Help JourneyCare and Its Mission
Daily Herald, November 28, 2016

JourneyCare Provides Peace for Patients
Daily Herald, November 28, 2016

JourneyCare’s “Evening AGlow” Nets $125,000
Wilmette Life, November 14, 2016

Gala Raises $125,000 for JourneyCare
Buffalo Grove Countryside, November 8, 2016

Creating Comforting Designs in Palliative and Hospice Facilities
Health Facilities Management, Nov. 2, 2016 (Article features an interview with Dr. Martha Twaddle, JourneyCare’s Senior Vice President of Medical Excellence and Innovation and highlights JourneyCare Hospice CareCenters)

George Yapp: The Quiet Force of Nature
Quintessential Barrington, November/December 2016 (George Yapp is a JourneyCare Foundation Board Lifetime Trustee)

Ailing 10-year-old surprised by pack of his favorite sled dogs
Lake County News-Sun, October 30, 2016
Janesville Gazette, November 13, 2016

Music-thanatology offers melodies to palliate the dying
Deutsche Welle, October 15, 2016
(Germany’s international broadcaster)

JourneyCare’s Town Gala
Make It Better, August 20, 2016

Hospice teams may be overlooking teenaged family members
Reuters Health, August 20, 2016

Freddie Pederson: Yours, Mine and Ours
Quintessential Barrington, July/August 2016 (Freddie Pederson is one of JourneyCare’s founders)

Gala raises $400,000 for JourneyCare programs
Barrington Courier, July 8, 2016

The Power of Palliative Care
Hospitals and Health Networks, May 16, 2016

Press Releases

Chicago area healthcare provider selected to participate in Medicare model
August, 2015

Pioneering Palliative and End-of-Life Care Organization Carries Strong Legacy Forward…Combined Agency Becomes JourneyCare


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Year of Combined Strengths = RESULTS

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CEO Sarah Boburka’s TEDx Talk…Living is More Than Not Being Dead