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Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter and Northwestern Memorial Hospital Enter into a Collaborative Agreement

Northwestern Memorial Hospital March 07, 2013

CHICAGO, IL – Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter announced today that it has entered into a collaborative agreement to provide hospice services to patients and families of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.    

Midwest CareCenter has one of the largest groups of specialists –physicians and advance practice nurses– in palliative care and hospice and the only music-thanatology program for hospice patients in Illinois. The organization’s mission is to provide world-class hospice and palliative care.  

“We look forward to welcoming Northwestern Medicine Hospice patients and families into the Midwest CareCenter family of care,” says Jamie O’Malley, MS, RN, president and CEO of Midwest CareCenter. “No one should face a serious or terminal illness alone. That is why hospice care, provided by leading professionals in end-of-life care, is so important to patients and families. Our clinical teams blend high-quality medical care with innovative approaches to give patients their best possible day today.”  

Midwest CareCenter provides hospice and palliative care services to patients and their families in 150 communities. As a result, each year thousands of Chicago area individuals and their families receive compassionate and high-quality care. The organization has a long history as an award-winning innovator in healthcare, continually evolving the meaning of care and perfecting ways it can make people feel better and also be better. Its clinical experts listen carefully and respect patient goals, preferences and choices, with sensitivity to religious and cultural preferences. Midwest CareCenter services include palliative care, hospice and grief support.  

“Our decision was based almost exclusively on the expertise and reputation of Midwest CareCenter,” says Dennis M. Murphy, executive vice president, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and chief operating officer, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “As a nationally recognized palliative care and hospice provider, Midwest CareCenter is the ideal partner. The organization serves patients in our area, shares our values, and is committed to extending patients and families exemplary support for care that is stable and pain-free all within the comforting surroundings of home.”  

Hospice is end-of-life medical and supportive care that seeks to enhance patient/family quality of life during the final months of life, assisting patients in living as fully and comfortably as possible.  

Midwest CareCenter provides team-based and supportive care to patients and families facing the end of life through some of the most highly regarded care professionals in the world. The team works together to support the whole patient, providing pain and symptom relief, emotional support, advocacy for personal needs, and complimentary therapies.    

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