A Look Back to the Year That Was and Welcoming 2018

All, 2017 has been another year of continued growth for Transitions. Between all companies, we supported, comforted, and cared for well over 2000 people the past year.  Numerous milestones were achieved in 2017 —both our hospices achieved the gold standard of accreditation through Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP), we survived a major EMR change, a pharmacy switch, and watched our staff grow by over 45%.  This year, we welcomed Dr. Shah with Soul Care Home Health (i.e. Transitions Home Health) and the Freedom Companies into our growing family.  Transitions Home Medical Group has grown exponentially in 2017 and is now caring for well over 800 patients across multiple service areas. THMG was accepted into a national pilot program through the Center to Advance Palliative Care that will help us provide more comprehensive and affordable community based home care to a broader population this 2018. East Bank Center continues to exceed capacity with its stellar reputation in the post acute care market. AME and ATS continue to grow and expand with even more exciting opportunities on the horizon for next year. We entered into a new partnership with Presence Health and are nurturing several other community partnerships that will allow Transitions to continue to provide the blanket of care that Jim envisioned when he founded this company almost 15 years ago. BUT – I wonder about the value of the things we do that can’t be measured. Maybe this is a better gauge of our success this year. How many hands did we hold? How many hours were spent sitting bedside vigil? How many last breaths did we witness? Hugs... read more

Transitions Partners with Presence Health

Transitions Hospice proudly partnered with Presence Covenant Medical Center Champaign and Presence United Samaritan Medical Center Danville to provide inpatient palliative care evaluation and  comprehensive community based palliative care and hospice programs. This outstanding partnership allows Transitions specially trained team of nurse practitioners and social workers to be available to the hospital’s patients and their loved ones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when palliative care or hospice services are needed. The program will foster an interdisciplinary approach to chronic disease management and end of life services. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this high level of palliative care to our patients,” said Presence Health Regional Chief Medical Officer Vincent Kucich. “It provides an unmatched level of respect and care at the end of a patient’s life, for both the family and patient alike. This program will be invaluable to our patients.”  Presence staff will work side by side with Transitions to ensure each individual receives the very highest quality of care. The foundation of our inpatient palliative care program embraces the need for symptom management and high risk support. Our philosophy is to empower our patients and their families by providing the tools and support necessary to embrace life.  We understand that, to our patients and families, it is all about the quality of life. Once you have been discharged from the hospital, follow-up services will include 24 hour in home crisis care and intensive community resource management including counseling. Transitions Hospice services offer a unique approach to end of life care. Our team, consisting of nurse practitioners, social workers, physicians, CNAs, chaplains, caregivers, and... read more

Transitions Executive Director Sara Dado, Elected as ILHPCO Board of Director

Transitions Group would like to take a moment to congratulate and recognize Sara Dado, LCSW, Executive Director of Transitions Hospice on her newly appointed seat with the Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (ILHPCO). ILHPCO, an organization created to enhance end of life issues, has been successful in expanding education and delivering resources to carry out their mission to expand access to exceptional hospice and palliative care for patients and families coping with the close of end of life experience. “The honor of being elected today was a great one,” says Sara. “As an elected board member to the Illinois Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, I will have the opportunity to serve the legislative committee, working with state and federal government on regulatory compliance and payment reform issues specific to hospice.” We at Transitions look forward to watching Sara’s future successes in this role. For more information in regards to the ongoing work of  ILHPCO, please feel free to reach out to Sara Dado at 847-515-1503 or visit ILHPCO’s website at  ... read more

Transitions Home Medical Group Accepted Into National Pilot Program

Transitions Home Medical Group was recently chosen as one of the elite 30 health care organizations across the country to participate in the inaugural class of the CAPC Payment Accelerator Pilot Program. This year long program will enable Transitions Home Medical Group to expand its mission of bringing much needed medical and psycho-social support to more seriously and chronically ill patients across both Illinois and Indiana. Transitions Home Medical Group provides both primary and comprehensive palliative care services to those individuals who qualify through a home and community based service model. CAPC, The Center to Advance Palliative Care, is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services to those facing serious illness. As a member of CAPC, Transitions Home Medical Group has even greater access to essential tools and trainings that will allow us to sustain palliative care services in all settings and to more patients.  We could not be more excited to embark on this new opportunity. “There is no greater need in the healthcare industry today than figuring out how to care for our chronically and seriously ill neighbors right in our own communities. The mission of Transitions is simple -take care of people at home. Palliative Care is a fundamental tool in achieving that goal. We are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with an innovative organization such as CAPC to collaborate on better service outcomes and improve financial sustainability as we move into the future,” James Palazzo, Founder and CEO of Transitions shared. The Pilot Program will kick off in Phoenix on Nov 7, 2017. For more information about Transitions,... read more

Podcast on Hospice 101 from The Saturday Morning Show

Molly Young, one of Transitions Hospice team members, was on The News-Gazette’s The Saturday Morning Show with Jim Lewis last Saturday, September 23. The interview covered what hospice care is all about as well as the services Transitions Hospice provides. Click HERE to listen! (Podcast courtesy of The News Gazette)... read more

Transitions Home Health Plus is Now Serving 10 Counties in IL

Transitions Home Health Plus is now serving patients in Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, Cook, Kendall, and Will counties. The mission of our home health agency is to deliver professional yet personalized care within the comfort of your own home. We provide a wide range of medical programs delivered by our specially trained staff. We will work in cooperation with patients’ physicians to coordinate the care and services required. The following services are available: RN visits, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies, Medical Social Workers, Respiratory Therapists, and Certified Nursing Assistants. Call 847-260-5140 today for more... read more

Transitions Group Announces Acquisition of Freedom Home Health, Hospice, and Senior Services

Indianapolis, IN  —Jim Palazzo, Founder/CEO of the Transitions Group, announced today that the Transitions Group of Indiana has purchased Freedom Home Health, Hospice, and Senior Services from the Justus Companies, a company that has been dedicated to serving the seniors of Indiana for over 100 years.  The Transitions Group of Indiana plans to carry that torch moving forward throughout the state of Indiana. Mr. Palazzo comes with 25 years of operating experience at multi-million dollar healthcare organizations. He is an award winning executive with a solid history of improving patient services and overall efficiency. East Bank Center in Loves Park Illinois, owned and operated by Mr. Palazzo since 2005, has remained a 5 star CMS rated facility for the past eight years. Transitions Group and the Home Post Acute Navigation Model (which has been in place since 2007), are a result of Mr. Palazzo’s strong desire to better serve the aging population.  Transitions Group has grown to serve 33 counties in Illinois and 30 counties in Indiana within the last 10 years.  All locations are CHAP and Medicare certified. This acquisition allows the Transitions Group to offer a larger platform of services to the residents of Indiana. The mission of Transitions Group is to serve the patient and family throughout all phases of life. Our team is here to navigate your care with a proactive and familiar approach from the comfort of your own home. Services include home health, durable medical equipment, caregivers, in-home physician visits, physical, occupational and speech therapies, palliative care and hospice services. Our multidisciplinary team is available 24 hours a day; 7 days a week, and... read more

Transitions Hospice, Featured in Heights Life Magazine

Transitions Hospice is honored to be featured in Heights Life, a social magazine for the residents of Grandview Drive and North Prospect Road neighborhoods, last April! Here is the article from the feature: “Transitions Hospice was founded 10 years ago with a very simple and basic philosophy- “Keep People at Home”. The concept of hospice care is a mystery to many. It is something no one wants to think about until they have to. However, people do have basic expectations about the type of service they would want to receive from hospice care. Being able to stay at home, surrounded by loved ones, having nurses, aides, social workers and spiritual counselors present at the times that they need them to be there, hospice staff being present when a person passes are just a few examples. But guess what? Many hospices don’t live up to those basic expectations. Research has shown that the national average for hospice staff being present when someone passes in a home setting is under 18%. That means 82% of families handles this delicate and emotional situation without the support of the team that was hired to do just that. At Transitions Hospice, every day is focused on helping patients and families live life to the fullest. We have nurses and support staff available 24/7, 365 days per year because we know that hospice care is not a convenient 9 to 5 service. It is individualized around the clock care, meeting patients and families whenever and wherever they need it most. Jim Palazzo (founder and owner of Transitions Hospice) puts it this way “Most people working... read more

Transitions is Growing!

Transitions Hospice & Palliative Care is growing and is now serving 33 counties in IL and 30 counties in IN! All locations are CHAP accredited and Medicare certified. ILLINOIS: Boone, Cook, Champaign, DeKalb, Dewitt, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Ford, Fulton, Grundy, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Marshall, McHenry, McLean, Ogle, Peoria, Piatt, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermilion, Will, Winnebago, Woodford INDIANA: Bartholomew, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Clinton, Decatur, Delaware, Fountain, Grant, Hancock, Hamilton, Howard, Hendricks, Jackson, Jay, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Shelby, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren, Vermillion For more information, please contact 847-515-1505.... read more

Transitions Hospice Awarded CHAP Accreditation

Huntley, IL — Community Health Accreditation Partner, Inc., (CHAP) announced today that Transitions Hospice has been awarded CHAP Accreditation under the CHAP Hospice Standards of Excellence. By achieving CHAP Accreditation, Transitions Hospice has also been deemed to meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation and is certified as a Medicare provider. CHAP Accreditation demonstrates that Transitions Hospice meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards. The rigorous evaluation by CHAP focuses on structure and function, quality of services and products, human and financial resources and long term viability. Simply stated, adherence to CHAP’s standards leads to better quality care. “By achieving CHAP Accreditation, Transitions Hospice has shown a commitment to excellence,” said Karen Collishaw, CHAP President & CEO. “We are excited to begin our partnership with Transitions Hospice by offering support in its commitment to providing quality care and continuous improvement.” Transitions Hospice provides comprehensive and high quality end of life care and hospice services to patients and their families in 33 counties across Illinois. Transitions Hospice was founded in 2007. Over the past 10 years, Transitions Hospice has continued to grow under the simple mission of taking care of people at home. Transitions Hospice has 3 commandments- Commit to Hospice, Each Patient is Unique, and Always Do the Right Thing. These simple yet important philosophies have driven the growth and mission of the company. “We are proud to have achieved CHAP Accreditation at Transitions Hospice. Our mission of quality and service aligns perfectly with the Hospice Standards of Excellence under CHAP,” said James Palazzo, founder and CEO of Transitions Hospice CHAP is an independent, not-for-profit, accrediting body for community-based health... read more

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