Our Story

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

Mike Quirk

Mike Quirk

President

Senior Blue Book

PO Box 46473
St. John, IN
46373

president@il-coc.org

Gina Knight

Gina Knight

Vice President

Kastle Keeper, LLC

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

nominating@il-coc.org

Susan Scatchell

Susan Scatchell

Treasurer

Clarendale Six Corners

4004 N. Cicero Avenue
Chicago, IL
60641

treasurer@il-coc.org

Kristina De Leon

Kristina De Leon

Secretary

Westbrook Senior Living

110 W. Schaumburg Rd.
Streamwood, IL
60107

secretary@il-coc.org

Marnie Dawson

Marnie Dawson

Nominating

Dawson Relocation Services

vice-president@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

Peter Miska

Peter Miska

By-Laws

Elite Care Management, Inc.

568 S Washington St.
Naperville, IL
60540

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

Mary Rossio

Mary Rossio

Heritage Corridor Chapter

Lightways

250 Waterstone Circle
Joliet, IL
60431

Rebecca Parks

Rebecca Parks

Kankakee/Iroquois/ Livingston Chapter

Riverside Medical Center

350 N. Wall Street
Kankakee, IL
60901

Jennifer Prell

Jennifer Prell

Lake McHenry Chapter

Paxem, Inc.

6220 Kingsbridge Drive
Cary, IL  60013

Jeanette Guzman

Jeanette Guzman

NW Metro Chapter

Pathway to Living

30 S. Wacker
Suite 1300
Chicago, IL  60606

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

Jerry Schmitt LLC    
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 consists of 16 Chapters statewide, 9 of which are currently active.

Chapters:

  • Alpha
  • Blackhawk (inactive)
  • Chicago
  • Eastern Prairie (inactive)
  • Heart of Illinois (inactive)
  • Heritage Corridor
  • Kankakee/Iroquois
  • Lake McHenry
  • Metro East 13 (inactive)
  • North Region (inactive)
  • Northwest Metropolitan
  • South Chicago
  • South Region V (inactive)
  • South Suburban
  • Three Rivers
  • West Central (inactive)

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Chapter Map
Alpha Blackhawk Chicago Eastern Prairie Heart of Illinois Heritage Corridor Lake McHenry Metro East 13 North Region Northwest Metropolitan South Chicago South Region V South Suburban Three Rivers West Central Kankakee/Iroquois/Livingston

Alpha

President
Peter Miska
630-321-9400

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Counties Served:

  • DuPage
  • Kane
  • West Suburban Cook

Blackhawk

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Counties Served:

  • Boone
  • Carroll
  • DeKalb
  • Jo Daviess
  • Lee
  • Ogle
  • Stephenson
  • Whiteside
  • Winnebago

Chicago

President
Lindsay DeLee-Arel
773-330-4742

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County Served:

  • Cook (Chicago Metropolitan)

Eastern Prairie

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Counties Served:

  • Champaign
  • Clark
  • Coles
  • Cumberland
  • DeWitt
  • Douglas
  • Edgar
  • Ford
  • Livingston
  • Macon
  • McLean
  • Moultrie
  • Piatt
  • Shelby
  • Vermillion

Heart of Illinois

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Counties Served:

  • Bureau
  • Fulton
  • Henderson
  • Henry
  • Knox
  • LaSalle
  • Marshall
  • McDonough
  • Mercer
  • Peoria
  • Putnam
  • Rock Island
  • Stark
  • Tazewell
  • Warren
  • Woodford

Heritage Corridor

President
Mary Rossio
815-740-4104

Counties Served:

  • Grundy
  • Kendall

Lake McHenry

President
Jennifer Prell
847-651-0919

Counties Served:

  • Lake
  • McHenry

Metro East 13

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Counties Served:

  • Bond
  • Clinton
  • Madison
  • Monroe
  • Randolph
  • St. Clair
  • Washington

North Region

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Counties Served:

  • Crawford
  • Cumberland
  • Effingham
  • Fayette
  • Jasper
  • Moultrie
  • Shelby

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 Region V

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Counties Served:

  • Alexander
  • Franklin
  • Gallatin
  • Hamilton
  • Hardin
  • Jackson
  • Johnson
  • Massac
  • Perry
  • Pope
  • Pulaski
  • Saline
  • Union
  • White
  • Williamson

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

West Central

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Counties Served:

  • Adams
  • Brown
  • Calhoun
  • Cass
  • Christian
  • Greene
  • Hancock
  • Jersey
  • Logan
  • Macoupin
  • Mason
  • Menard
  • Montgomery
  • Morgan
  • Pike
  • Sangamon
  • Schuyler
  • Scott

Kankakee/Iroquois/Livingston

President
Rebecca Parks
815-954-0486
Counties Served:

  • Kankakee
  • Iroquois
  • Livingston