World-Class Care

The best care possible.

With a long history as an award-winning palliative care and hospice innovator, Midwest CareCenter continually evolves the meaning of care, perfecting all the ways it can make people feel better, and also be better. Through our state-of-the-art facilities, innovative therapies based on the latest science, award-winning quality standards, and recognition for the immeasurable worth of the human experience, we deliver world-class care.

With quality standards well above the national average, we provide a uniquely sophisticated approach to treating what you’re facing now. Primary caregivers have scored our care as “excellent.” Families also rate our overall care and our evening and weekend support as “excellent,” putting us in the top tier of the nation’s hospice programs.

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Karen Marshak Hilder

Karen Marshak Hilder’s pain and hardship has evolved into endless enthusiasm, energy and dedication for Midwest CareCenter with the naming of The Marshak Family Hospice Pavilion.

Lucille Morgan

Volunteer Lucille Morgan values Midwest CareCenter as a place of refuge in the community.

Joann Larson

For patient family member and volunteer Joann Larson, we were always there to provide assistance and answers to her questions.

Michael Feinstein

Watch Grammy-nominated musician Michael Feinstein sing for Midwest CareCenter. "Everyone here should remember this wonderful organization because you never know when you or someone you love needs the extraordinary care they provide," he says.

World-Class Campus

Feel at home wherever you are.

At Midwest CareCenter, we offer a number of settings where you can access care from our world-class campus as well as other sites.

Hospice Pavilion

Hospice Pavilion

Our Marshak Family Hospice Pavilion offers advanced clinical care, psychosocial support and healing for the spirit. This world-class Pavilion is the first and only freestanding hospice specialty care center in Cook County.

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We invite you to take a virtual tour of the Marshak Family Hospice Pavilion >

Healing Garden

Healing Garden

Developed in partnership with the Chicago Botanic Garden, The Waud Family Healing Garden sits alongside The Marshak Family Hospice Pavilion and is open to patients, families and everyone in the community. This healing garden adjoins a stunning 50-acre nature preserve in Glenview.

Rooted in Science

Research shows that healing landscapes are physically and emotionally beneficial. They also can help people relax and release anxiety.

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Our Community

We welcome you!

We offer a number of ways for our community to become involved with us. Check out our events, volunteer programs and other resources.

Dr. Gordon Wood Named Inspirational Leader Under 40

MidwestCareCenter Associate Medical Director Gordon Wood, MD, was named an inspirational leader in hospice and palliative medicine under the age of 40 by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).


"It is an incredible honor to be named to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine's list of Inspirational Leaders Under 40," Dr. Wood said. "This represents recognition for the hard work we've done to provide training to clinicians both at Midwest CareCenter and nationally in an effort to ensure that every patient in need receives world-class care when facing a serious illness. Our goal is to make sure that those with life-threatening diseases receive care in keeping with their wishes and that any pain or suffering they are experiencing is expertly managed to give each patient the best quality of life each and every day. The amazing accomplishments of the leaders with whom I share this award gives me confidence that we will be able to meet these needs for our patients."

AAHPM asked its 5,000 members to nominate individuals who are the young leaders in the field. Dr. Wood is one of these physicians recognized by his peers for innovation in and dedication to the medical specialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and AAHPM.

"These individuals are enhancing care for seriously ill patients and their families through innovation, education, mentoring and clinical care," noted Jean S. Kutner, MD MSPH FAAHPM, president of the Academy.

Hospice and palliative medicine focus on improving quality of life and relieving pain and other symptoms in seriously ill patients. Palliative care serves patients who continue to receive treatments to try to cure or control their disease, regardless of their prognosis. Hospice is a specific type of palliative care for patients whose life expectancy is likely to be six months or less. Hospice and palliative care also help patients and their families understand treatment options and make decisions about care, while providing information on spiritual and psychosocial services, support for family, and grief counseling.

"Dr. Wood is a great physician, and his passion and dedication to his work is truly an inspiration to all of us here at Midwest CareCenter," says Jamie O'Malley, MS, RN, president and CEO of Midwest. We are so pleased that he is being recognized for his work to this field and the special needs of the very ill and dying. This is well deserved recognition."

Dr. Wood will be recognized for this honor during a leadership reception February.

Dr. Wood also serves as Midwest CareCenter's Martha L. Twaddle, MD, Chair in Palliative Medicine, focusing on medical education and research. He is the Director of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Palliative Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Wood is an active researcher and educator who has published and presented extensively on communication and symptom management. He previously was designated Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, one of the highest honors the Academy can

More information on this Award, including the list of the award winners is on the Academy's website

Chicago Tribune Again Names Midwest CareCenter a Top 100 Workplace!

TWP TOP100 Chicago 2014 AW

For the third year in a row, the Chicago Tribune has named Midwest CareCenter one of the Chicago area's best places to work in its annual survey of Chicago-area employers.

"Our employees are our best asset for serving patients and families, and it's important that Midwest CareCenter is a place where they can demonstrate their talents," said Jamie O'Malley, president and CEO of Midwest CareCenter. "The passion and purpose they feel about their work is very evident."

Midwest CareCenter ranked 23 in the midsize employer category, up from 32 in 2013. Organizations were selected based exclusively on questionnaires sent to employees of businesses all over Chicagoland, asking them to judge their workplaces on a wide range of criteria, including leadership, efficiency, work-life balance, communication, and more. (For more details, see the Chicago Tribune.)

Midwest CareCenter is home to some of the best hospice and palliative professionals in Chicago. Ensuring that our patients have access to exceptional care is critical to their well-being, comfort, and ability to connect with family and friends in meaningful ways. That's why Midwest CareCenter hires staff members who share our values and dedication to delivering high-quality care and strive to deliver world-class care.

The generosity of our friends and supporters enables us to provide world-class hospice and palliative care to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. All gifts are appreciated. Thank you.