NCH Palliative Care Physician Recognized for Leadership

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Martha L. Twaddle, MD, who heads NCH’s palliative care program, was named one of the 30 most influential leaders in the nation in hospice and palliative medicine.

Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) and its partner in palliative care, Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter, is honored to announce that Martha L. Twaddle, MD, who heads the hospital’s palliative care program, was named one of the 30 most influential leaders in the nation in hospice and palliative medicine.

“I am so grateful for the recognition and most importantly, to be able to do the work I love,” said Twaddle, chief medical officer at Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter. “My hope is that this recognition shines the light on this essential field and the work of many who serve the very ill and the dying. Any recognition I receive is the blessing of working with an incredible team and treasured colleagues in many areas of healthcare and across the country.”

In celebration of 25 years serving the profession, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) asked its 5,000 members to nominate who they think are the leaders – or Visionaries – in the field. Twaddle is one of 30 physicians, nurses and hospice pioneers recognized by peers for the important role they play in advancing the medical specialty of hospice and palliative medicine.

“This program recognizes key individuals who have been critical in building and shaping our field over the past 25 years,” said Steve R. Smith, AAHPM executive director and CEO. “These individuals represent thousands of other healthcare professionals in this country that provide quality medical care and support for those living with serious illness – each and every day.”

In 2010, NCH and Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter forged a partnership to provide palliative care services to patients with a range of life-altering illnesses and conditions, including cancer, heart disease and lung disease. In 2012, the two organizations partnered together to open the Midwest CareCenter Hospice Suite at NCH that provides specialized, comprehensive and supportive hospice care to seriously ill patients and their families. NCH’s palliative care program became the first in Illinois and among the first ten acute care hospitals in the nation to earn advanced certification for palliative care from the Joint Commission.

About Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH)

Serving Chicago’s northwest suburbs since 1959, NCH is a comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year, as well as nearly 30,000 inpatients treated annually at the 496-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. The award-winning hospital holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, is designated as a Primary Stroke Center, earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2011, and was awarded the Leapfrog Group’s designation as one of the nation’s Top Hospitals based on quality and safety criteria. NCH has four Immediate Care locations in the northwest suburbs and operates a FastCare Clinic in Palatine. NCH has a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians, which includes the board-certified primary care doctors and specialists of the NCH Medical Group. For more information or to find a doctor on the NCH Medical staff, visit

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