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Partners in care: Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest and Northwest Community

JourneyCare maintains strategic partnerships with leading healthcare agencies throughout the 13 counties we serve in the Chicago area and northern Illinois. Today, we learn more about two important partners and how our organizations work together to benefit our patients and their families.


Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Location: Lake Forest

About: Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest is the leading provider of healthcare in Lake County, offering convenient access to the highest quality health services at its Lake Forest and Grayslake campuses, plus six additional locations. It offers an extraordinary team of 700 physicians trained in 90 specialties, as well as top-ranked nurses, who are known for personal and compassionate care that is second to none in the region.

Important to know: JourneyCare jointly operates the inpatient palliative care program at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, while also partnering with the hospital’s Family Medicine Residency to train residents in palliative medicine and supportive care.

Affiliated JourneyCare physicians: Alan Smookler, MD; Gordon Wood, MD; Lynn Katten, MD; Alexis Williams, MD; Catherine Deamant, MD; Judith Nerad, MD

Director of Case Management Jennifer Prescia, MSN, RN, ACM, CCDS, NE-BC: “Through a partnership with JourneyCare, the Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care Program is an interdisciplinary team consisting of physicians, advanced practice nurses, nurses, social workers and chaplains working to better serve patients and families confronted withserious and life-limiting illness and to enhance the quality of care and support for these individuals and their families. By meeting the patient and family where they are at in their disease journey, we are able to customize the plan of care and ensure we are meeting their wishes.”


Northwest Community Hospital

Location: Arlington Heights

About: Northwest Community Hospital offers nationallyrecognized physicians, advanced technology and outpatient services for a full range of medical specialties. This award-winning hospital offers a complete system of care and is recognized by top organizations, including the American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, College of American Pathologists and many others.

Important to know: JourneyCare’s Hospice CareCenter located at Northwest Community Hospital serves patients who need around-the-clock hospice care, while JourneyCare also supports the hospital’s inpatient palliative care program with advance practice nurses.

Affiliated JourneyCare physicians: Alan Smookler, MD; Joann Bennett, DO; Sandra Garretson, MD; Lynn Katten, MD; Alexis Williams, MD; Judith Nerad, MD; Dana Delach, MD

Care Coordination Executive Director Dina Lipowich, RN, MSN, NEA-BC: “The strategic partnership between JourneyCare and Northwest Community Hospital is valuable because of the continuity of care it provides for patients across the healthcare continuum. We can link patients who are facing life-threatening or life-limiting illness with palliative care and hospice services to assure early conversations on goals of care, and to ultimately ensure those goals are met.”


– By Elisabeth Mistretta, JourneyCare Content Specialist
Originally published in Together to Care, Issue 1, 2017

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