Better Makers: Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter

Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter was one of the first 50 hospices in the U.S. Today they serve patients and families in over 150 communities. The organization celebrated their A Knight to Remember Gala on May 16 at Michigan Shores Club. The center raised over $275,000 to provide patients and their families with services and therapies that are not covered by insurance or Medicare, including a bereavement camp for children, music-thanatology, integrative therapies like massage and reiki, pet therapy and charity care. 

The night included a special presentation of the Excellence in Care Award to E. Dennis Murphy, MD, FACP, medical advisor to the organization since its founding and a long-serving board member.


Paul Hilder and Karen Marshak-Hilder of Northbrook.
Bobbie and Jeffery Vender, MD of Winnetka
Julie Cormier of Wilmette, Sarah Bealles of Barrington and Michael and Diane Beemer of Winnetka.
Event Chairs Betsy Foley of Winnetka and Pam Waud of Lake Forest.
Ron and Nancy Kurz, Mead and Anne Montgomery all from Winnetka.
Music-thanatologists playing their harps for a hospice patient