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Our Mission

The Illinois Continuity of Care Association exists to enhance the concept of continuity of care as both an essential part of the health care continuum and as integral to total patient care.

Purpose

  • To promote high standards of health care
  • To promote the interrelationship between all allied health professions in discharge planning activities
  • To develop and promote public awareness of continuity of care
  • To provide resources and education programs to enhance the delivery of continuity of care

Standards of Practice

Definitions

Continuity of Care is an organized and carefully coordinated process essential to high-quality patient/client care which involves the patient, family, and an interdisciplinary team working together to facilitate the transition of the patient/client from one level of care to another.

 

 Standards

Purpose 1 

To define the role of the Continuity of Care professional 

Standard A

The role shall require a specialized body of knowledge of continuity of care principles

Interpretation
  1. The continuity of care professional shall assess the patient/client’s total care according to his/her level of expertise including educational needs; nutritional needs; special therapy needs; supply and equipment needs; support systems; financial needs; transportation needs; and home care needs. The continuity of care professional shall develop and implement a plan of care matching the patient/client’s needs with available resources.
  2. The continuity of care professional would meet the educational requirements and adhere to the standards of his/her own discipline, demonstrating professional accountability by:
    • maintaining current State license
    • attending workshops and programs on continuity of care related issues
    • seeking and utilizing knowledge of legislative and regulatory changes
    • demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and educational background of the multi-disciplinary team
    • demonstrating knowledge of community
    • utilizing knowledge and experience in the health care industry
    • maintaining patient/client and family confidentiality
    • educating consumers and professionals regarding discharge planning

 

Purpose 2

To define the  Continuity of Care program guideline

Standard B

The scope, goals, objectives, and organization of the continuity of care program shall be delineated by each organization

Interpretation
  1. A written description of the program will include the philosophy and scope.
  2. Goals and objectives shall address institutional, professional, and patient/client situations.
  3. Written policy, procedures, and job descriptions must be up-to-date.
  4. The discharge planning function should be assigned to a person or persons in order to assure professional accountability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purpose 3

To evaluate the Continuity of Care program

Standard C

Mechanisms for evaluation of the program shall be developed and used to assure quality of care and appropriateness of services

 

Interpretation
  1. The following should be used in accordance with each specific program:
    • ongoing quality assurance activities
    • written and telephone surveys
    • peer review
  2. Problem identification with documentation corrective action

Administrative Staff

Joan Detzner

Joan Detzner

Virtual Administrator

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Peter Miska

Peter Miska

President

Elite Care Management, Inc.

568 S Washington St.
Naperville, IL
60540

president@il-coc.org

Gina Knight

Gina Knight

Vice President

Kastle Keeper, LLC

1010 Jorie Blvd., Suite 14
Oak Brook, IL
60523

vice-president@il-coc.org

Susan Scatchell

Susan Scatchell

Treasurer

Kristina De Leon

Kristina De Leon

Secretary

Legacy Healthcare

3450 Oakton St
Skokie, IL
60076

secretary@il-coc.org

Marnie Dawson

Marnie Dawson

Nominating

Dawson Relocation Services

nominating@il-coc.org

Mark Rantis

Mark Rantis

Public Relations

The Rantis Group
Keller Williams
Success Realty
Barrington

600 Hart Rd
Suite 105
Barrington, IL 60010

public-relations@il-coc.org

Pat O'Dea-Evans

Pat O'Dea-Evans

By-Laws

Silver Connections/
Advocate Health

2118 Plum Grove Rd #110
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

by-laws@il-coc.org

Chapter Presidents

(Alphabetical by Chapter)

Peter Miska

Peter Miska

Alpha Chapter

Elite Care Management, Inc.

568 S Washington St.
Naperville, IL
60540

Lindsay DeLee-Arel

Lindsay DeLee-Arel

Chicago Chapter

Healthcare Recruiting Specialists

7002 N California Ave
Chicago, IL
60645

Pat O'Dea-Evans

Pat O'Dea-Evans

Fox Valley Chapter

Silver Connections/
Advocate Health

2118 Plum Grove Rd #110
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Philip Flores, Jr.

Philip Flores, Jr.

Lake McHenry Chapter

Cremation by Water

11 West College Drive – Unit K
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Sarah Martinez

Sarah Martinez

NW Indiana Chapter

Elite Care at Home, Inc

250 W 80th Pl.
Merrillville, IN 46410

Jeanette Guzman

Jeanette Guzman

NW Metro Chapter

Victory Centre of Galewood

2370 N Newcastle Ave.
Chicago, IL 60707

Celeste Basom

Celeste Basom

South Chicago Chapter

Superior Air Ground Ambulance

395 W. Lake St.,
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Jerry Schmitt

Jerry Schmitt

South Suburban Chapter

Legacy Benefit Planning

752 Wellington Pkwy
New Lenox, IL  60451

Hadi Finerty

Hadi Finerty

Three Rivers Chapter

Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter

850 Essington Road #200
Joliet, IL
60453

Chapter Map

Illinois Continuity of Care currently consists of 10 Chapters statewide.

Chapters:

  • Alpha
  • Chicago
  • Fox Valley
  • Heritage Corridor
  • Kankakee/Iroquois
  • Lake McHenry
  • Northwest Indiana
  • Northwest Metropolitan
  • South Chicago
  • South Suburban
  • Three Rivers

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Chapter Map
AlphaChicagoHeritage CorridorLake McHenryNorthwest MetropolitanSouth ChicagoSouth SuburbanThree RiversKankakee/Iroquois/LivingstonFox ValleyNorthwest Indiana

Alpha

President
Peter Miska
630-321-9400

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Counties Served:

  • DuPage
  • West Suburban Cook

Chicago

President
Lindsay DeLee-Arel
773-330-4742

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County Served:

  • Cook (Chicago Metropolitan)

Heritage Corridor

President
(position available)

Counties Served:

  • Grundy
  • Kendall

Lake McHenry

President
Philip Flores, Jr.
312-340-8852

Counties Served:

  • Lake
  • McHenry

Northwest Metropolitan

President
Jeanette Guzman
312-837-0756

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Counties Served:

  • Cook (Suburban)
  • DuPage
  • Lake

South Chicago

President
Celeste Basom
630-854-1264

Counties Served:

  • Cook (South Chicago)

South Suburban

President
Jerry Schmitt
630-915-9467

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Counties Served:

  • Cook (South Suburban)
  • Kankakee
  • Will

Three Rivers

President
Hadi Finerty
845-272-2011

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Counties Served:

  • Will

Kankakee/Iroquois/Livingston

President
(position available)

Counties Served:

  • Kankakee
  • Iroquois
  • Livingston

Fox Valley

President
Pat O'Dea-Evans

Counties Served:

  • Kane

Northwest Indiana

President
Sarah Martinez

Counties Served:

  • Lake
  • Porter
  • LaPorte