Jamie M. O’Malley, MS, RN, Named President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter

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Area leader, respected and accomplished clinician assumes leadership of Chicago area’s largest provider of hospice, palliative care and grief support services.

Jamie M. O’Malley, MS, RN, was named president and chief executive officer of Glenview-based Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter, effective October 4. Ms. O’Malley, who was previously vice president and chief nursing officer at The University of Chicago Medical Center, brings more than 30 years of clinical and business experience to this new position.

“I am honored and excited about this opportunity to lead Midwest CareCenter and its staff and volunteers as it continues to provide exceptional care and support to our community during critical times of life,” said Ms. O’Malley. “This also is a pivotal time for the organization, as it is in the midst of a campaign to build a state-of-the-art inpatient hospice pavilion and healing garden at the Glenview facility. This, combined with the exceptional reputation maintained in our community by Midwest CareCenter, makes this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I look forward to the exciting possibilities and challenges that await me and Midwest CareCenter as we work to provide much-needed services to the community.”

According to M. Mead Montgomery, chairman of the Midwest CareCenter Board of Directors, “The Board selected Jamie based on her business and clinical knowledge, in-depth understanding of the role of independent community-based organizations and superior leadership skills that are necessary to manage a multifaceted organization like Midwest CareCenter. Her work across various healthcare sites, around Chicago and the country, will enable her to bring a fresh perspective to an organization that has prospered with innovative and experienced leaders.”

Ms. O’Malley has extensive experience in healthcare management, having worked for several of Chicago’s largest healthcare providers. In 2000, she was named vice president and chief nursing officer at the University of Chicago Medical Center where she worked until 2010. During her tenure, the medical center achieved measurable improvements in patient, family and employee satisfaction; significantly improved patient quality and safety measures; and implemented key strategic initiatives that resulted in it being designated with the Magnet Recognition in Nursing Award in 2007. She also has held leadership positions for Children’s Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Ms. O’Malley has a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgetown University. She holds a Wharton Fellows Certificate in Management for Nurse Executives from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.

The Marshak Inpatient Hospice Pavilion, currently under development, will be the first and only freestanding hospice in Cook County. The 16-bed inpatient hospice facility will make it possible for patients who cannot be cared for at home to be cared for in a homelike setting. Overlooking a nature preserve, the 20,000-square-foot structure, which also will include a healing garden, is being designed by two of the country’s leading hospice architects and will be a certified “green” building.

Midwest CareCenter (http://www.carecenter.org) provides patients and their families with high quality care during a serious or terminal illness and support when grieving the death of a loved one. Services include palliative care, hospice, and grief support, and focus on the needs of both the patient and his/her family.

Based in Glenview, Illinois, it is an independent, nonprofit, community-based healthcare organization with a service area that includes north/northwest Cook County, north/northwest Chicago and Lake County.

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