The Edward-Elmhurst Health Community Investment Fund provided funding to Greater Family Health to support its Franklin Park Health Center, which opened on July 25, 2022.
Among dozens of competitive applications totaling more than $11,000,000, Greater Family Health’s application was unanimously approved, 1 of 14 applications funded. The funding, which will be distributed quarterly beginning in August 2022, will be deployed to support staff salaries as these professionals provide pediatric, family medicine and internal medicine care to people whose income falls below 200% of the threshold of federal poverty.
The health center at 10225 Grand Ave. in Franklin Park will focus on residents of Franklin Park, Northlake, Schiller Park and Stone Park, although all are welcome and all receive care regardless of ability to pay. While walk-in visits are welcome, appointments can be made at (844) 599-3700.
“Supporting the region’s premier health care system is an important recognition of our ongoing efforts to provide high-quality, affordable health care to area residents,” said Bob Tanner, president and CEO of Greater Family Health. “Our collaboration with Edward-Elmhurst will result in more efficient use of valuable healthcare resources while ensuring patients can access primary healthcare in a trusted local setting.”
“This is the power of community. What you see are organizations coming together, partnering to invest and ensure that improving the health of our residents is not just a hope or a dream. , but a reality,” says Mary Lou Mastro, CEO of South Region, NorthShore-Edward-Elmhurst Health. “We are excited as this will be a long-term, enduring relationship with Greater Family Health and will help us fulfill our mission to advance the health of our communities.”
Franklin Park Health Center offers:
• Adult and senior health: including health care, chronic disease management, annual and professional medical examinations, laboratory and diagnostic tests, gynecology services for women and free pregnancy tests .
• Pediatric care: including healthy child care, sick care, vaccinations, school and sports physical exams, chronic disease management, and laboratory and diagnostic tests.
• Behavioral health services: including mental health counselling/therapy for individuals, families and groups and medication treatment for opioid use disorders.
• Patient Support Services: including translation, health benefits enrollment, care management, mobile fee rebate program and discounted pharmaceuticals for eligible uninsured patients, transportation/reimbursement assistance, and we welcome the uninsured and most insurance!
The health center includes 15 accommodating exam rooms, two behavioral health offices, a full-service lab operated by LabCorp, and a CLIA-exempt lab for point-of-care testing. 3 full-time practitioners, including the medical director, Dr. Engjellush Sadik, and two medical assistants, provide care at Franklin Park. The site is open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony/open house will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25.
Greater Family Health currently provides healthcare services at 11 health centers in DeKalb, Elgin, Hanover Park, McHenry, Palatine, Streamwood, Sycamore and Wheeling. Additional services include family and adult medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, dental care, behavioral health care including counselling, psychiatry, and treatment for substance use disorders , and a range of integrated support services.
Greater Family Health is the region’s first federally licensed health center, a not-for-profit corporation providing the full range of quality, affordable, fully integrated primary care services to nearly 59,000 residents of the region by more than 189,000 medical, behavioral health and dental appointments per year.
Greater Family Health is Joint Commission Accredited, Certified Primary Care Medical Home, repeatedly recognized nationally for health outcomes and cost-effectiveness, and provides care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.
Visit www.greaterfamilyhealth.org for more information.