Transitions, Community Tee Up to Honor Dr. Paul Kinsinger

For the third year in a row, the Washington, IL community and Transitions Hospice came together to celebrate the life of Dr. Paul Kinsinger, in an outing that combined what he loved most…family, golf and giving back to the community. The third annual Dr. Paul Kinsinger Memorial Golf Outing was held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at Pine Lakes Golf Club in Washington. Over 100 golfers, volunteers and friends lent their support to the event, which raised over $6,000 for the Dr. Paul Kinsinger Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards a scholarship annually to a Washington Community High School senior interested in pursing a degree in health care. “Paul was passionate about many things,” shared Amy Kinsinger, his wife. “It’s his passion for golf, his alma mater, Washington Community High School (WCHS), health care and the students that brought us together at the outing, to honor his memory by raising money for the scholarship.” As with the two previous outings, all golfers were given balloons on which they could write a message to Kinsinger. Everyone released their balloons into the sky together before teeing off, let by Jim Palazzo, Transitions CEO, and the Kinsinger family. “It’s been an honor for Transitions to host this outing since the beginning,” said Palazzo. “Paul made such a tremendous impact on this community, and this is such a great opportunity to help pave the way for the future of health care.” A beloved family doctor and former Transitions Medical Director, “Dr. Paul” passed away in 2016, after a courageous one-year battle with brain cancer. He was known for the compassionate care and support he... read more

Training for Hospice Services for Children

Transitions was honored to host Kristen James and Kim Downing from the Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (GIPPCC) and Dr. Billie Winegard, OSF/CHOI Medical Director, last April 19 in Champaign, IL. It was an emotional day honing our skills to care for terminally ill children and their families. We learned that there are only 11 hospice providers in the entire state of Illinois that are willing and able to care for dying children at home. Transitions is proud to be one of those providers in Central Illinois. Thank you to GIPPCC and Dr. Winegard for sharing the day with us and for your contributions to pediatric hospice and palliative... read more

New Volunteers Onboarding Session

On Saturday, March 17th, Transitions welcomed seven new Companion Volunteers into our program! We spent the day learning about the hospice philosophy, the volunteer role, and how to support our patient’s emotional, spiritual, and social needs. These volunteers will be partnered with several of our patients and make weekly visits. Welcome aboard Joy, Hector, Aimee, Ben, Katie, Joanie, and Mounica! Thank you for your service to our patients! Interested in volunteering? Call 847-515-1505 and ask to speak with the Volunteer... read more

The 2018 SWHPN Conference

Transitions Hospice Executive Director, Sara Dado, LCSW, at last week’s SWHPN conference in Boston, MA. Sara presented to conference attendees an overview of Transitions’ unique model of comprehensive community based services with a focus on palliative care in rural communities. She also addressed the importance of teamwork and leadership development within a growing program. It was a great conference with many innovative ideas shared! If you would like more information the services that Transitions provides, please contact us... read more

Hospice Advocacy Day 2018

Transitions Hospice participated at last week’s Hospice Advocacy Day in Springfield, IL. A total of 32 members were present from different hospices across the state of Illinois and our team was represented by Sara Dado and Melissa Popp. As Sara shared, “We were honored to meet with Kevin Schoenben from the Illinois Comptroller’s Office regarding MCO payment & process issues. Senator Laura Fine and Senator Daniel Bliss were also present. Overall, it was a great... read more

Safe Balance Program for the Elderly

With the initiative to lessen elderly falls, Transitions now provides the Safe Balance Program for the Elderly. If you or your loved one is interested in a free Balance Test Assessment on February 27 (administered in Lincolnshire Place – Loves Park), please reach out to Stephanie Yarbrough at 224.828.4962. For the full story by NBC 13 WREX,... read more

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 the 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,... read more

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