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Dr. Muhamad Krad has been named as the new Medical Director at Joliet Area Community Hospice (JACH) effective July 1st. Dr. Krad will succeed Dr. J.D. Wright who is retiring at the end of June. Dr. Krad, specializing in Internal Medicine currently at Amita Health serving Adventist Hospitals in LaGrange and Hinsdale, has also worked part time at JACH for the past year. He graduated with honors from Loyola University Chicago, followed by a Masters at Georgetown University and subsequently Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in 2008. Dr. Krad completed residency at the University of Chicago in 2011 and practiced both hospital and hospice medicine at Palos Health through 2016.
“Having more than 7 years of diverse experience in internal medicine, the addition of Dr. Krad to our staff of hospice physicians has been seamless. He is truly a caring and very capable physician,” said Mary K. Sheehan, CEO. “Working hand in hand with our dedicated, knowledgeable staff and the families of our patients, Dr. Krad provides expert pain management and symptom control. He recognizes that each person’s experience and story is unique and their goals at end of life are different. We are thrilled that he has accepted the role of Medical Director.”
While never planning to become our hospice director, Dr. Krad knew it was the right path for him after just a few months at Joliet Area Community Hospice. “I am very happy to have joined this wonderful, forward-thinking group. We have an excellent team that works together and truly prioritizes our patients and families. Having grown up and lived most my life in Chicago’s southwest suburbs I feel at home. I look forward to continue serving and caring for our community and our families.”
Joliet Area Community Hospice provides compassionate, professional hospice and palliative care to over 30,000 terminally ill patients and their families since 1982. JACH built the first hospice home in-patient unit in the State of Illinois. Currently, JACH serves over 300 patients each day, wherever “home is” for our patients.
In the past two years alone, Joliet Area Community Hospice provided over $1.3 million in charity care, community bereavement programs, unreimbursed pediatric hospice and palliative care, and community outreach. We are a not-for-profit corporation, state licensed, Medicare/Medicaid certified and supported by United Way of Will and Grundy Counties. We serve patients in greater Will, Grundy, LaSalle, Livingston and Kendall counties along with portions of Cook, DuPage, and Kankakee.