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#2 Industrial Park Road
Monmouth, IL 61462
Serving Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Knox, McDonough, Mercer, Schuyler, Rock Island, and Warren Counties.
Western Illinois Home Health Care
Western Illinois’ Trusted Source for Home Care and Supportive Services for Over 35 Years!
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Jen Podhajsky is currently serving as Director of Technology Resources for Western Illinois Home Health Care. She has worked for the agency for over twenty years and has worked in multiple areas of the business. From her various roles throughout the years, she brings a strong depth of knowledge of all agency systems and processes. As Director of Technology Resources, her realm of responsibility includes overseeing technology needs, IT support requests, information systems management, and designing custom reports for the agency. Jen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Western Illinois University along with minors in Computer Science and Economics. Jen currently works part-
Amanda Newman serves as the Executive Vice President for Western Illinois Home Health Care and Western Illinois Managed Home Services. She joined the agency in 2012. In this position, she oversees operations, quality of services, and human resources. She also provides regulatory oversight. Amanda holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Prior to joining the agency, she worked in the insurance industry for 8 years, serving in a number of management roles. Amanda particularly enjoys working with our staff with the goal to help them succeed in their mission to serve our clients and their families. She lives in Monmouth and is an active member of Immaculate Conception Church.
Jeff Podhajsky is currently serving as Director of Financial Services for Western Illinois Managed Home Services. In this position, he is responsible for providing leadership and management expertise in financial accounting, billing and collections, and payroll. Jeff has served as a member of the financial committee for the Illinois Homecare and Hospice Council since 2012.
Joel Newman is the Director of Business Development for Western Illinois Home Health Care. In his role, he is in charge of all agency marketing, branding, messaging and public relations to increase client intakes and customer satisfaction. Joel, a 2004 graduate of Western Illinois University, was previously Director of Community Relations for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley. He currently serves on the Managed Care Committee for the Illinois Homecare and Hospice Council. When he’s not working, Joel enjoys reading, golfing, spending time with family and planning his next vacation with Amanda. He resides in Monmouth and is an active member of Immaculate Conception Church.
Barbara Byers is the CEO and President of Western Illinois Home Health Care and Western Illinois Managed Home Services. Barbara has accepted the helm of leadership in this position for over 35 years. Barbara is a graduate of University of Iowa nursing program where she had her introduction to home care and came back to her local area and started the company. As the company grew, she went back to college to obtain her Masters in Health Care Administration. Barbara has served on several home care tasks forces and committees. She has served on the Illinois Home Care Association board of Directors and is currently serving on the Board to represent Private Duty home care. Barbara has served our service area community on numerous Boards and committees over the last 35 years. Barb and her husband, Ron, have one son and two daughters. Their son, Dan, helps run the family farm with Ron. Their two daughters, Jen and Amanda, work in the family home care business. They are active parishioners at Immaculate Conception Church in Monmouth.
Rachel Hecox is currently serving as Director of Clinical Services for Western Illinois Home Health Care. In this position, she is in charge of all clinical services including nursing, therapy, social work and home health aides for the ten county service area in Western Illinois. Rachel earned a bachelor’s degree of science in nursing from Quincy University and has previously spent many years working in hospital and nursing home settings. It was home care that Rachel developed a passion for after moving back into Western Illinois to live closer to her family. Outside of work, Rachel is very active with her family, community, and church. Rachel and her husband, Bryan, have two sons and are members of the Abingdon Christian Church.
Amanda Powell is the Director of Client Services at Western Illinois Home Health Care’s sister agency, Western Illinois Managed Home Services. She has worked for the agency since 2012 in different job roles and has been instrumental in developing our Senior Care Management Program. Amanda graduated from Western Illinois University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a minor in Law Enforcement Justice Administration. She also graduated from Campbellsville University with a master’s degree in Social Work in 2018. Prior to joining our agency, she worked with seniors in multiple capacities over 8 years as a Hospital Based Care Coordinator doing state pre-
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