Mission Statement

To deliver palliative care services, that aim to relieve suffering, and maintain or improve the quality of life of patients facing serious or life-threatening illness throughout the continuum of care. Through an interdisciplinary team approach, we respect the dignity of each patient and strive to enhance the physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being of the patient and family.

We collaborate with community-based hospice programs who share our mission to provide coordinated, effective and efficient transitions in care regardless of the ability to pay for patients with life-limiting illnesses. We advocate for policies, which ensure quality care for patients with life-threatening illness.

Members of the Palliative Care Team


Advanced Practice Nurse:

  • Ancy Jacobs, APN

Bereavement Coordinator:

  • Jacalyn Linko, LCSW


  • Dirk Labuschagne


  • Lisa Fernandez, RN

Activities of the Section of Palliative Medicine


The Cook County Health Supportive and Palliative Care Service provides interdisciplinary:

  • Inpatient consultation at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital
  • Outpatient consultation in a hospital-based ambulatory clinic
  • Home visit assessment
  • Collaboration with community-based hospice programs for those patients referred for hospice care.
  • Education: As a major teaching institution with academic affiliation with Rush Medical College and other local medical schools and residency programs, we offer a variety of educational activities for various learners.
  • M4 medical students can participate in a 2-week palliative medicine rotation (contact for information)
  • Residents can participate in a 2 or 4-week palliative medicine rotation.
  • The John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program is described in the following link.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities with our program and welcome those interested to contact:  Jacalyn Linko, LCSW, at (312) 864-4469 for more information.

Contact Information

Orlanda Mackie, MD
Section Chair
1900 W. Polk Street
Suite 949
Chicago, IL 60612

Tel: (312) 864-4469
Fax: (312) 864-9500