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JourneyCare, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare sign agreement to improve access to high quality, community-based care

Families living with serious illness in the Chicago region and northern Illinois now have even more care options – and more access to that care.

JourneyCare, the largest nonprofit, community-based hospice and palliative care provider in Illinois, announced this spring its purchase of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare’s Home Health and Hospice programs.

This expands JourneyCare’s community-based services that provide care across the continuum of serious illness, while building on its 40-years’ experience and expertise in providing advanced illness care. It also significantly grows JourneyCare’s ability to serve more counties and adds a home health program to its growing family of services.

Thanks to this growth, JourneyCare is poised to meet consumer demand for new healthcare options that include patients and families’ choice to receive home-based care.

“Both organizations are mission-driven and committed to serve the community as nonprofit providers,” said Sarah Boburka, JourneyCare’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This is the right thing for patients and the community at large, giving more access and more specialized healthcare options to improve overall quality of life.”

“Due to an aging population and the rise of chronic illnesses, increasingly there is greater demand and consumer preference to remain independent at home,” added Boburka. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to provide more services to support people living well in the community.”

Modern Healthcare echos Boburka’s insights on healthcare trends. In a spring 2019 article, health system CEOs across the nation predict that home healthcare is the future of medicine.

Dr. Stephen Klasko, CEO of Jefferson Health and president of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, says health systems need to prepare for “a broader shift toward ‘healthcare at home.’”

“Ten years from now, that won’t be an emerging model—that will be the model,” adds Kate Henderson, Ascension Texas’ south group president.

JourneyCare’s new home health service builds upon its existing home-based primary care program, JourneyCare House Calls. It also expands its family of services that includes palliative care, hospice, care management, grief support and more.




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