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About JourneyCare

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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Lisa Encarnacion
Media Relations and Public Affairs Manager
(847) 556-1648

In the News

Allstate Kid of the Week: Jan Gierlach
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


Connected to Our Communities

Year of Combined Strengths = RESULTS

Service Area Map


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