Compassus Announces Achievements In Staff Certifications

Northwest Illinois hospice team committed to education, certification to drive quality

PEORIA, Ill. – The Compassus program serving Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington and Moline has announced staff achievements in hospice and palliative care certification to drive quality in the services the program provides patients and families in Northwest Illinois.

Older persons continue to represent a larger portion of the population, creating a rising demand for experienced, highly skilled care providers with a depth and breadth of knowledge in hospice and palliative care.

“The preparation and study necessary to earn certification in hospice and palliative care is particularly important in distinguishing the level of care Compassus provides to patients and their loved ones,” said Northwest Illinois Executive Director Margaret Carlson, who holds certification herself as a hospice and palliative care administrator. “Education is the door to fulfillment, quality care and excellence. The accomplishments of this team are a true medal of honor for our program.”

Carl Strauch, M.D., medical director of the Northwest Illinois program, certified in both hospice and palliative care medicine, recently earned additional certification as a hospice and palliative care medical director. Strauch is responsible for the delivery of medical direction to hospice teams across the communities served by Compassus – Northwest Illinois to ensure delivery of the highest quality hospice care available.

“I am gratified to have the opportunity to lead a team that has committed itself to achieving specific certifications in hospice and palliative care,” Carlson said. “This includes our managing clinical director, three directors of clinical services and three R.N. case managers who have all earned certified as hospice and palliative care nurses. In addition, we have 17 hospice aides with certification and three more pursuing it, three social workers with certification and a fourth preparing for testing, as well as a bereavement coordinator certified in hospice and palliative care.”

The certified professionals of Compassus – Northwest Illinois will be honored and recognized for their achievements at a celebration dinner this fall. “Their accomplishments not only validate their knowledge and skills, but truly contribute to the success of our organization and our ability to provide exceptional patient care,” Carlson said.

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About Compassus
Compassus is a nationwide network of community-based hospice programs and palliative care services. Based in Nashville, Tenn., the company opened its first hospice in 1979 and today operates more than 90 programs in 25 states across the U.S. The mission of Compassus is to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing terminal illness by supporting them with a common culture focused on three core values: Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence. Compassus employs more than 2,500 colleagues who provide a range of hospice services and other resources to benefit patients and families. Our primary goals are to provide the highest quality hospice care in every community in which we operate and to be the hospice employer of choice. For more information please visit, follow the company on Facebook or call (877) 377-1607.

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