About Us

Our Mission

Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care, Chicago's first hospice, is a not-for-profit, community-based organization whose mission is to provide comfort for the dying, to preserve dignity at the end of life for all in need of services, and to educate the community.

Our Vision

A nationally recognized leader that provides excellent and innovative hospice and palliative care service throughout the Chicago area.

Our History

Horizon was founded by Ada Addington and three other volunteers in 1978 and has been providing end-of-life care services to people throughout the metropolitan area for more than 30 years. While the organization is licensed to provide care throughout Cook, Lake, DuPage and Will counties, it primarily serves an urban population in Chicago. Horizon's south suburban branch provides services in the Flossmoor, Homewood, and Olympia Fields area. The south suburban office was known for many years as "Braveheart," a volunteer hospice that served the south suburbs. The branch also has a Service Board of dedicated community leaders who provide fundraising assistance and community connections.

The interdisciplinary staff team and volunteers provide comfort, respite and friendship to patients in the area. Care is provided irrespective of the patient's ability to pay. The organization employs a diverse clinical staff of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, bereavement counselors, home health aides and volunteers who serve on interdisciplinary teams. Massage, art and music and other alternative therapies are also available. Last year, teams admitted 1,698 patients, including 55 pediatric palliative care and hospice patients, 250 adult palliative care patients and 1,393 adult hospice patients. Most of these patients were cared for in the home, but patients also received services in in-patient units, nursing homes, and residential facilities.

To ensure that future professionals are well-versed in palliative and hospice care, Horizon provides training for students in medical related fields. Horizon provided training to 155 medical students, fellows and residents, nursing, social work and bereavement students last year. Participating institutions include Rush, Northwestern, St. Joseph, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, St. Mary and St. Elizabeth, Illinois Masonic and Loyola hospitals, and Governor's State and DePaul University.

Horizon participates with the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Rush University Medical Center & Stronger Health System to sponsor one fellowship at each institution, both of which are certificed by the American College of Graduate Medical Education.

Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care is a Medicare-certified agency and has been accredited by the Joint Commission since 2000. Horizon provides care to between 130 and 140 patients per day, which includes about 25 children.

Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care respects and follows HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) privacy standards.

Service Area

Horizon is licensed to care for patients and their loved ones in Cook, Will, DuPage and Lake counties.