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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

East Bank Center, Transitions’ Sister Company, Celebrates its 12th Year

East Bank Center, a post acute care and rehabilitation center in Loves Park, IL, is celebrating its 12th year! East Bank Center is Transitions Hospice’s sister company and is the Palazzos’ first healthcare establishment. It is a CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) 5-star rated facility for eight consecutive years and is awarded as one of the best nursing homes by the US News from 2013 to 2016.... read more

Hospice Lobby Day 2017

Springfield, IL — Transitions team members Jim Dale, Trish Benson, and Sara Dado were present at the State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois yesterday, April 5, to participate in the annual Hospice Lobby Day, as hosted by the Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Representatives from various hospices across the state gathered to meet with legislators and other government officials to discuss the services provided by hospice as well as address some of the challenges ahead. Hospice is a crucial and important service that should be available and accessible to anyone who qualifies. As for this gathering, everyone’s voice... read more

Open Interviews for CNAs and Nurses – Indiana

Transitions Hospice is growing! Our Indiana Team is looking for CNAs and Nurses and will conducting Open Interviews on the following dates: April 12 and 13 (Wednesday and Thursday) April 18 and 19 (Tuesday and Wednesday) April 26 and 27 (Wednesday and Thursday) Please visit the Transitions Indiana Office at 8935 N. Meridian St, Suite 100, Indianapolis from 9 am to 4 pm. No appointment needed.   *Resume requested. Hospice experience not required.... read more

Dr. Ahearn, New Transitions Medical Director for Central Illinois

Peoria, IL — Transitions Hospice is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Ahearn as the dedicated Medical Director of Transitions Hospice in Central Illinois. Dr. Ahearn was raised in Acapulco, Mexico, but his interest in helping others brought him back to his hometown to study medicine at the University of La Salle in Mexico City. He graduated with the degree Physician-Surgeon in 1982 with Highest Honors. In 1987, he completed his Family Practice Residency at St Luke’s and Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. He became Board Certified in Family Practice, Emergency Room, and Integrative & Holistic Medicine. In 2010, he graduated from Harvard Medical School with a certification in Acupuncture. Besides running a regular practice, Dr. Ahearn currently visits 24 Nursing Homes and acts as Medical Director for several of them (Kewanee, Toulon, East Peoria, Peoria, Pekin, Morton, El Paso, Aledo, Pekin, Macomb, Galesburg, Silvis, East Moline and Moline). Additionally, Dr. Ahearn works in the ER department at Proctor Hospital in Peoria and at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. During his medical career, Dr. Ahearn has received several awards: Physician of the Year 1998 & 1999 by the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Family Practice; National Leadership Award in 2003 by the Republican Party for Health Care Reform; Physician of the Year 2004 & 2005 by the NRCC Physician’s Advisory Board, Washington DC. In 2012, Dr. Ahearn was recognized by the American Association of Family Practice for his 25 year long membership and for helping establish the specialty of family medicine, for maintaining the high standards and principles of medicine and for his commitment to continuing, comprehensive quality... read more

Transitions Hospice at the Luz and Dolly Show

Earlier this month, Marilyn Palazzo guested at the Luz and Dolly Show, a program aired at Comcast Channel 396 and 657, to help educate the community about hospice care. She talked about Transitions Hospice and discussed the services provided by hospice and palliative care. The difference between the two was identified as well. Hospice care is not only about medical support but also about the making sure that the patient’s wishes are heard and prioritized. “Hospice can go anywhere. It’s about making sure that that person is comfortable; wherever is home to them is where we’ll provide the services,” she shared. “The concept of hospice is to help that patient feel comfortable and that includes not only medications but it could be just somebody talking to them and listening to their favorite music.”... read more

New Medicare Rules Should Help ‘High Need’ Patients Get Better Treatment

Original Content from Kaiser Health News; Written by Judith Graham   Doctors have complained for years that they’re not paid adequately for time-consuming work associated with managing care for seriously ill older patients: consulting with other specialists, talking to families and caregivers, interacting with pharmacists and more. That will change on Jan. 1, as a new set of Medicare regulations go into effect. Under the new rules, physicians will be compensated for legwork involved in working in teams — including nurses, social workers and psychiatrists — to improve care for seniors with illnesses such as diabetes, heart failure and hypertension. Care coordination for these “high need” patients will be rewarded, as will efforts to ensure that seniors receive effective treatments for conditions such as anxiety or depression. Comprehensive evaluations of older adults with suspected cognitive impairment will get a lift from new payments tied to the standards that physicians now will be required to follow. The new Medicare policies reflect heightened attention to the costliest patients in the health care system — mostly older adults who have multiple chronic conditions that put them at risk of disability, hospitalization, and an earlier-than-expected death. Altogether, 10 percent of patients account for 65 percent of the nation’s health spending. It remains to be seen how many physicians will embrace the services that the government will now reimburse. Organizations that advocated for the new payment policies hope they’ll make primary care and geriatrics more attractive areas of practice in the years ahead. Here’s a look at what is entailed: Complex Chronic Care Management Two years ago, Medicare began paying nurses, social workers and medical... read more

Santa Visits for Christmas

Santa and his Elf, Chrissy Harris, Transitions Hospice Regional Hospice Coordinator, visited five different locations during the week of Christmas. They sang loud for all to hear, spreading lots of Christmas cheer! They handed out candy canes, played some Christmas Trivia, and asked the residents what they wanted for Christmas. Many residents confessed that they should be on the naughty list this year and that made everyone laugh. Everyone had a great time! Residents who were unable to come down to the common areas were also provided room visits both by Santa and his elf. The Christmas spirit was definitely visible in the faces of all that met with Santa!... read more

Honoring Our Veterans

In celebration of Veterans Day, Joe Agnello, Transitions Hospice Chaplain and a veteran from the Air Force himself, visited numerous facilities throughout Chicagoland for the past week to honor veterans who have courageously served the United States. The event gave way to recognize the dedication and sacrifices of veterans who have served in the military. “Joe opened my eyes to the sacrifices not only the veterans made but also their wives, children, mothers and fathers. These are men and women who have sacrificed their loved ones in order to instill freedom in our country,” said Mary Grace Hibionada, Transitions Regional Hospice Coordinator who was present at these events. Certificates were also given to the veterans to commemorate their service. Staff, facility residents, families, and veterans alike enjoyed and appreciated the event. “I did not know he was a veteran until today! Now I will look at him with extra and higher regard when I see him in the halls. Thankful for his service,” shared one of the residents. To our veterans,... read more

Charity Flag Football for Carpenter’s Place

Team Transitions played against Team East Bank for a Charity Flag Football in Caledonia, IL last Thursday, October 27. The event was a donation drive for Carpenter’s Place, an organization centered in assisting the homeless rebuild their lives. Based in Rockford, IL, Carpenter’s Place works to eliminate homelessness by providing a safe day shelter and food, offers support groups and housing programs, provides professional case management for a personalized Life Recovery Plan, and facilitates employment training programs to build and strengthen soft skills. On average, Carpenter’s Place provides housing for an individual each day and aids two homeless individuals attain employment every week. Patty Floyd from Carpenter’s place gave a brief talk and welcomed all participants while Jon Corporon from Grand Victorian of Rockford hosted the event. Young cheerleaders from the Rockford Lutheran Academy also graced the game and performed for the mini halftime show. Team East Bank won the match after two halves.... read more

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