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A Year of Achievement

June 2015

  • JourneyCare is formed following the integration of three highly-respected, nonprofit, end-of-life care providers: Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care, JourneyCare and Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter.

 

  • More than 300 friends and supporters attend The Gala at Tudor Oaks, raising more than $450,000 for JourneyCare’s mission to serve patients and families in the 10 counties of Chicago region and northern Illinois.

July

  • Nearly 100 children and teens participate in JourneyCare bereavement camps throughout the Chicago area.

 

  • JourneyCare campuses serve as rotation sites for training future palliative care leaders, working with fellows from the Palliative Medicine Fellowship and Training Program of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, three fellows from John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, and one fellow from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

  • Hundreds of children and their families attend the annual Duck Race and Pool Party at sites in Woodstock and, later, in Barrington in August. The event includes open swimming, free games and activities, the popular duck race and more. Proceeds raise funds for JourneyCare’s All About Kids program.

 

 

August

  • Gary Binder and Jeffery S. Vender, MD, host the Annual Memorial Golf Outing in Glenview to raise funds for JourneyCare’s critical training and education for future palliative care practitioners through the Jeffery S. Vender, MD, Fund in Palliative Care Education.

September

  • JourneyCare President and CEO Sarah Bealles assumes role as chair of the Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

 

  • JourneyCare opens Rockford administrative office to better serve patients and families in the northern Illinois region.

 

  • Leaders from Helderberg Hospice in South Africa visit JourneyCare for a weeklong exchange to compare hospice models and best practices.

October

  • JourneyCare hosts its Annual Beemer Legacy Society dinner to honor supporters who donate at the highest levels, ensuring access to care for all patients.

 

  • Barrington Public Library hosts JourneyCare President and CEO Sarah Bealles as a featured speaker during the library’s first TEDx event (Technology, Education/Entertainment and Design). Bealles’s talk, “Living is More than Not Being Dead,” focuses on the importance of end-oflife conversations and planning.

 

  • The Center to Advance Palliative Care announces that JourneyCare is selected as a Palliative Care Leadership Center. In this role, JourneyCare provides intensive, operational training and yearlong mentoring for palliative care programs.

November

  • Bereavement Team Lead Fran Nathanson joins six interdisciplinary social service professionals from the Chicago area to travel to Osaka, Japan, for a weeklong exchange with social services agencies. The exchange is part of the Chicago Sister Cities program and explores the theme “Working with Marginalized Populations.”

 

  • The Siman family of McHenry hosts the annual Turkey Trot for Hospice 5K run/walk on Thanksgiving Day to benefit JourneyCare, raising $23,000. The family lost its beloved matriarch, Carlene, to cancer and the last weeks of her life were spent being cared for in the Pepper Family Hospice CareCenter.

December

  • Thanks to the support of JourneyCare donors, Giving Tuesday surpasses its goal to raise $24,000 and gains additional dollars through the Coleman Foundation matching grant. This helps the agency deliver the best care possible to seriously-ill patients and their families in the Chicago region – regardless of ability to pay.

 

  • JourneyCare shares the first post on its new blog, Sharing Our Journey. Community members, friends, volunteers and team members now use this forum to spread their stories of hospice, grief support and inspiration while facing serious illness.

 

  • Nearly 150 patients and their families attend JourneyCare’s Pediatric Christmas party in Hoffman Estates, with key support from the Barrington Noon Rotary Club.

 

 

January 2016

  • Volunteers from the JourneyCare Juniors and Youth Advisory Board, as well as adult volunteers, visit patient homes for Soup & Stories, a program that aims to bring warmth and comfort to patients during the winter months.

February

  • JourneyCare debuts the Volunteer Journal electronic newsletter, to keep nearly 2,000 volunteers informed on upcoming training, news and events.

March

  • Together to Care electronic newsletter begins delivering news and inspiration to friends and supporters of JourneyCare. The agency also begins publishing a print companion piece.

April

  • JourneyCare launches the JourneyCare Choices pilot model, which is based on the Medicare Choices Program. JourneyCare is one of only three end-of-life providers in Illinois chosen for this pilot, which offers patients facing serious illness the option of receiving select hospice services while simultaneously pursuing curative treatments.

  • Friends and supporters step back in time to the groovy 1970s during the annual Decades Dance in Hoffman Estates. Proceeds from the event support JourneyCare’s All About Kids pediatric care program, which serves more than 200 children and families in the Chicago area and northern Illinois.

 

  • During receptions in Chicago, Glenview and Barrington, JourneyCare volunteers are honored for their service and dedication to patients and their families.

May

  • JourneyCare formalizes its pet placement service and teams with the Banfield Charitable Trust to launch Pet Peace of Mind. This program offers an array of services to keep patients and their pets connected during the end-of-life journey.

 

– By Elisabeth Mistretta, JourneyCare Content Specialist
Originally published in Together to Care, Summer 2016

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