Here’s a look at what the JourneyCare community has been up to in the first half of 2017 …
Leading hospice advocacy to Springfield
As part of efforts to highlight our agency’s leadership and expertise, JourneyCare was the lead in organizing a first-ever Advocacy Day for the Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in Springfield this year.
JourneyCare President and CEO Sarah Bealles is the current Chair of the statewide organization.
More than 20 members from across the state participated in activities that included meetings with legislators and state agencies. This will serve as a foundation for the organization’s future
advocacy and engagement of our elected officials. Attendees included JourneyCare Chief Operating Officer Kelly Fischer and members of JourneyCare’s Public Affairs Team.
Successful speakers series
This spring, JourneyCare was proud to sponsor a lecture by Dr. BJ Miller, the renowned palliative medicine physician from the University of California San Francisco. The talk, titled “The Power of Impossibility: Rethinking End-of-Life Care,” focused on Dr. Miller’s personal experience within the context of slowly shifting concepts of death in America.
“We’re moving away from the sense of abandonment – medical staff saying, ‘Sorry, there’s nothing more we can do,’ to clinicians serving more as an advisor, a supportive partner in care,” Dr. Miller told the audience of more than 200, including strong representation from JourneyCare.
The talk kicked off the MRM Lecture Series in Chicago, of which JourneyCare is a proud sponsor.
Other lectures included “How to Stay Positive in the Midst of Stress” in June, and an upcoming lecture on September 19, “Horror Autotoxicus: A Brief Lecuture on the Personal and Polictical History of Autoimmunity.”
Executives speak at Think Tank Summit
JourneyCare Vice President of Quality and Compliance Carrie Flock and Vice President of Learning and Development Julie Glendenning promoted our agency’s clinical leadership and expertise early this year at The Remington Group’s 15th Annual Think Tank Summit.
Flock and Glendenning presented on a panel titled “How Acute-PAC Value Equations are Reshaping the Future Health Care Delivery System.” The discussion explored how organizations can leverage the best practices of post-acute care providers, in order to enhance their own care.
Remington is a key driver of healthcare communications, education, trend analysis and advisory services. Their Think Tank Summit draws top industry leadership from around the country. Others attending from JourneyCare included Board of Directors Vice Chair Anne Miller, President and CEO Sarah Bealles, Chief Operating Officer Kelly Fischer and Chief Business Development Officer Mary Pat Scoltock.
In the news
In case you missed it, JourneyCare patients and staff shared their personal stories in local news outlets this spring.
In May and June, the DeKalb County Daily Chronicle explored the final days of JourneyCare pediatric patient Frank Carpino, 12, of Genoa, and his choice to live a life full of adventure and as a YouTube personality.
WBEZ radio explored the clinical side of care in June with their piece “For Many Professions, Death on the Job is a Daily Reality.” The program featured an interview with
JourneyCare Resource Nurse Maggie McMeekin, who provided excellent insights into the life and work of a hospice nurse. Links to both pieces can be found at journeycare.org/media-center.
– By Elisabeth Mistretta, JourneyCare Content Specialist
Originally published in Together to Care, Issue 2, 2017