Lake Regional Health System recently announced Jill Wilke, R.N., M.S., CPLC, is now director of Palliative Chronic Care Management and Hospice.

Palliative Chronic Care Management is a new program at Lake Regional. It is being developed to meet the goals of the patient-centered medical home model, which emphasizes a proactive approach to health care.

“This new service line will help us make certain there is continuity of care between the goals set in the clinics and those we set when patients come to the hospital for episodes of care,” said Patti Muxlow, senior vice president of Clinical Services, in a news release. “Home Health services will also be a part of this service line.”

One of the first goals is to expand home health care to include more home health aides. This fall, Wilke expects to begin offering Palliative Chronic Care Management to patients with two or more chronic illnesses, according to the news release.

“The goals of the Palliative Chronic Care Management program will be to help patients stay out of the hospital and to improve their quality of life by assisting them with symptom management and coordinating care among providers,” she said.

Wilke came to Lake Regional Health System in 2014 as a master’s student and worked with the Palliative Care nurses and in the Cancer Center.

“I loved the friendliness of the hospital employees and began to look for potential employment opportunities,” she said in a news release.

Wilke’s health care experience includes serving as a neonatal intensive care unit nurse at Evanston Northwestern Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, and as a nurse in the emergency room and neonatal and pediatric intensive care units at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis. She also served as Gundersen’s hospital bereavement coordinator and organ and tissue donation liaison. The last five years, she was the lead educator for Resolve Through Sharing®, a nationally recognized bereavement training program for medical professionals that was started at Gundersen. She has traveled nationally and internationally training medical professionals in perinatal, pediatric and adult death and bereavement, the news release said.

“We are excited to have Jill here, as she is a subject matter expert in the fields of bereavement and palliative care,” Muxlow said.

Wilke moved to Missouri after inheriting her grandparents’ Lake home, which is adjacent to Wonderland Camp in Rocky Mount. Her grandfather founded the camp for people with disabilities, and Wilke serves as vice president of the board of directors. She and her husband have four adult children and six grandchildren, who love coming to the Lake.

Lake Regional welcomes new Director of Palliative Chronic Care/Hospice
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