Dorothy Pitner Healy, formerly of Winnetka, was presented the Excellence in Care Award at Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter's annual Care Affair this year.
The award is given to a clinician/executive who promotes, in an outstanding way, quality end-of-life care on a regional or national level. Pitner Healy, who served as president and CEO of Midwest CareCenter from 1990 to 2006, saw the organization's potential and created numerous initiatives that enabled it to grow and expand, increasing its average daily census from approximately five hospice patients a day to 350
and over 1,000 patients across all programs.
Dottie's effective leadership with the Board of Directors led to the swift completion of the $17-million campaign and establishment of the corporate offices in Glenview. Under her leadership, the organization earned the prestigious Circle of Life Award. She is one of the founding members of the National Hospice Work Group and served as vice chair. She also served on numerous local, state and national committees to secure greater access to care for patients and families facing serious illness and the end of life.
"Working at Midwest CareCenter, I got the opportunity to practice what I believed in-- to blend my nursing background, healthcare experience, and business skills. I loved my job, and it was extraordinarily challenging. I am delighted to see what the organization has become--the pavilion is amazing, the Healing Garden is in such a beautiful setting, and the organization is meeting patient and family needs
like no other," she said.
About Midwest CareCenter: As one of the first 50 hospices in the U.S., Midwest CareCenter provides hospice and palliative care services to patients and their families in 150 communities. The organization has a long history as an award-winning innovator in healthcare, provided where the patient resides, in our world-class Hospice Pavilion in Glenview, or in our Hospice Suite at Northwest Community Hospital. Midwest CareCenter has earned the American Hospital Association Circle of Life Award and has been named a Top 100 Workplace by The Chicago Tribune numerous times. For more details, visit www.carecenter.org or call Elisabeth Mistretta at (847) 556-1739.