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Heartland Hospice Serving North Central Illinois and Southern Wisconsin

Counties Served: Winnebago, Stephenson, Boone, Ogle, DeKalb, Rock, Carroll, Green, McHenry, Jefferson, Jo Davies

Phone: 866-216-5708
Fax: 866-216-5707

6000 East State Street, 1st Floor
Rockford, IL 61108-2521

What Makes Us Different

  • You don’t have to give up hope to get hospice. Many patients and the loved ones who care for them say they wish hospice care had started sooner.
  • Treatments that provide our patients with comfort and relief may continue, uninterrupted, even after we’ve started providing hospice care.
  • We don’t require that advance directive choices be made such as a “do not resuscitate” order (DNR) or living will to begin providing hospice care.
  • When you need care, we’re ready to provide it. Any day of the year, any time of the day, we can initiate hospice care for you or your loved one.
  • Our heart stretches across the nation. At any given time, Heartland provides comforting care to thousands of patients in communities and neighborhoods across the country.
  • We’re fully accredited by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). We’ve chosen to follow their additional requirements in order to help advance the highest standards of community-based care.
  • Wherever you are in your health care journey, we’re there to meet you.
  • As mutual care providers, we work closely with your health care professionals to make sure specific protocols are followed closely.

In Addition We Offer

  • Patient-focused care with patient/family maintaining control
  • Referrals and admissions 24-hours a day, 7-days a week
  • Advanced staff certification
    • Certified hospice and palliative care nurse
    • Certified wound care nurse
    • Certified dementia practitioner
  • Positive clinical outcomes
    • Pain management
    • Anxiety
    • Shortness of breath
  • Comforting care and symptom management provided as part of plan of care
    • Pleurx Catheter
    • TPN
    • Tube feedings
    • PCA pumps
    • Tracheostomy care
    • IV for hydration/antibiotic administration
    • Other palliative treatments
  • Encouragement for patients’ physician to be attending physician
  • Onsite referral coordination
  • Heartland clinicians sent to the Emergency Department to meet patients who have gone to the hospital
  • Long tenure of leadership in the agency
  • Strong customer service focus
  • Tuck-in phone calls before weekends or holidays
  • We Honor Veterans
  • Vigil Volunteers for patients at end-of-life
  • Positive patient satisfaction results
  • Up to 13 months of bereavement services
  • Pet therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Admission follow-up phone call within 24-48 hours after admission
  • Making Choices guide for end-of-life choices
  • Memorial services

Dr. Mitchell King - Medical Director

  • Credentials: MD
  • Started Practicing: 1995
  • Residency: Miami Valley Hospital
  • Medical School: Ohio State University
  • Medical Specialty: Family Medicine
  • Other Affiliations: Rockford Memorial Hospital, Swedish American Hospital

Dr. Howard Weiss - Team Physician

  • Credentials: MD
  • Started Practicing: 1984
  • Fellowship: Cardiac Anesthesia & Critical Care - Northwestern University Medical School
  • Residency: Northwestern University Medical School
  • Medical School: Northwestern University Medical School
  • Medical Specialty: Hospice & Palliative Care, Anesthesia & Pain Management

Dr. Satish Cullath - Team Physician

  • Credentials: MD
  • Started Practicing: 2006
  • Residency: Michael Reese Hospital
  • Medical School: MS Ramiah Medical College - Bangalor University, India
  • Medical Specialty: Internal Medicine
  • Other Affiliations: Mercy Health System Hospital, Rockford Memorial Hospital, Swedish American Hospital

Nicole Wieman - Nurse Practitioner

  • Credentials: NP
  • Started in Hospice: 2015
  • College Attended: Marquette University
  • Medical Specialty: Family Practice
  • Other Affiliations: Member of Hospice & Palliative Care Nurses Association

Angelica Montes - Nurse Practitioner

  • Credentials: AANP, APN, FNP-BC, CCRN
  • Started in Hospice: 2003
  • College Attended: Northern Illinois University
  • Medical Specialty: Family Practice

Nicola Bennett - Nurse Practitioner

  • Credentials: A-GNP
  • Started in Hospice: 2015
  • College Attended: Northern Illinois University
  • Medical Specialty: General Nurse Practitioner

Christina Markese - Director of Professional Services

  • Credentials: RN, BSN
  • Started in Hospice: 2014
  • Academic Degree, School: AA, BSN - St. Anthony's College of Nursing
  • Other Affiliations: Member of HPNA

Pamela Weiss - Administrator

  • Credentials: RN, BSN, CHPN
  • Started in Hospice: 2006
  • Academic Degree, School: BSN - St. Anthony's College of Nursing
  • Other Affiliations: Board Certified in Hospice & Palliative Care, President of local group of HPNA Society

Heartland Hospice Care Team

  • Patients and families
  • Heartland’s Medical Director
  • The patient’s physician
  • Registered nurses
  • Hospice aides
  • Social worker
  • Spiritual care coordinator
  • Bereavement counselor
  • Dietitian
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical, occupational and speech/language therapists
  • Volunteers


The Heartland Experience means trying to exceed your expectations in every way. As part of our commitment to excellence, we measure the level of our service so that we can enrich the lives of our patients and the people who love them by delivering services that best meet their needs.*

Anxiety Controlled Within 48 Hours:

Heartland Hospice 98.4%

Illinois Average 77.3%

National Average 58.2%

Pain Controlled Within 48 Hours:

Heartland Hospice 97.8%

Illinois Average 73.5%

National Average 54.6%

Shortness of Breath Controlled Within 48 Hours:

Heartland Hospice 97.1%

Illinois Average 69.9%

National Average 56.7%


*Source: Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) 2016

Success Stories

Every day, our hospice agencies receive recognition for the care they have provided to a patient or someone’s loved one. Many tell us they don't have the words to describe their appreciation and simply say "Thanks." Below are comments and letters from patients and family members sharing their gratitude.

“As an Administrator, I know how important it is to recognize our veterans. However, when your own family member is recognized by my Heartland team, it means so much more. What an honor to be a part of all of this. It meant the world to Dad!”  To read more, click here.

Pam, Heartland Hospice Administrator, Rockford, IL

 "Our mother recently passed away and Heartland Hospice made her last days bearable and comfortable. They answered all of our questions and took care of any concerns we presented. We are very thankful for all of their help!"

Roger, son of a hospice patient, Rockford, IL


At Heartland, we consider our involvement with patients a sacred opportunity and a privilege to be in their lives. We depend on our hospice volunteers to help us provide the love, respect and care our patients and their families need.

Our volunteers help enrich the lives of our patients by:

  • Running errands for patients and families
  • Staying with patients so family members can get a much-needed rest
  • Reading or providing a comforting touch
  • Playing or singing soothing music to patients
  • Keeping vigil with patients in their final hours
  • Helping with office support tasks at the agency
  • Providing a friendly visit to lift a patient's spirits
  • Providing special veteran volunteer support to patients who are veterans

To become a hospice volunteer, click here to download and complete the volunteer form on a desktop computer. Once completed, save and email the form to our Heartland staff (if you use Microsoft Outlook, please use this link instead). You may also print out the form and complete it by hand, then fax it to 815-397-8760 or mail it to our agency. We will contact you once the form has been received. If you have any questions, please call our agency.

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