“The name change was prompted to better represent our service to the community and patients,” Dant said.
DeKalb, IL (PRWEB) September 11, 2012
KishHealth System’s Community Cares Clinic is now the Center for Family Health and has moved to a new location at 165 E. Plank Road, Sycamore, the former DeKalb Clinic North building. The new location opened Tuesday, Sept. 4.
“We simply outgrew our space in the NIU facility, and decided to take advantage of the space available at the Plank Road building, which the health system purchased last year,” said Joseph Dant, vice president of Business Development for the health system and chair of the Center for Family Health Board.
“The name change was prompted to better represent our service to the community and patients,” Dant said. “We are not a walk-in clinic, but a medical home, by appointment, for our patients whether it be well child checks, managing chronic health problems, or treating people when they’re ill.”
The Center for Family Health sees infants, children, and adults, and accepts major insurance plans, Medicaid, and patient s without insurance.
As a convenience, well child visits and immunizations will be done once a week at the DeKalb County Health Department by Center for Family Health providers. Appointments also can be made at the Plank Road facility.
Transportation to the Plank Road facility is available on the TransVac Blue Line. TransVAC also will do direct pick up at a patient's home. Those arrangements can be made by pre-registering with Voluntary Action Center. Transportation registration forms are available at the Center for Family Health and the health department or by calling VAC at 815.758.6641.
The Community Cares Clinic opened in August 2009, at NIU’s Family Health, Wellness and Literacy Center on Sycamore Road thanks to collaboration among KishHealth System, private donors and Northern Illinois University,
“The NIU facilitywas not able to accommodate the growth we experienced over the past three years, prompting our need to move,” Dant said.
The Center for Family Health has had more than 20,000 visits over the past three years, and two family medicine physicians were added to meet the demand. In addition, a physician assistant and two nurse practitioners see patients.
Dant said the collaboration with NIU will continue with the Center for Family Health serving as a clinical training site for NIU students. In addition, NIU will continue to be represented on the Center for Family Health Board.
Center for Family Health services include annual physicals, well child exams, routine care for infants, sick care, school and sports physicals. A laboratory is onsite for basic tests and staff is bilingual in English and Spanish. New patients are being accepted. Appointment can be made by calling 815.752.3253.
For further information, please contact
Joseph Dant, vice president of Business Development for the health system and chair of the Center for Family Health Board
Mary Pritchard, Associate Dean, NIU College of Health & Human Sciences, and former Community Cares Clinic Board member
Sharon Emanuelson, Marketing & Public Relations Director, KishHealth System