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ACS and Greater Elgin Family Care Center Offer a Free “Colon Cancer Prevention and Early Detection” Event in Elgin

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Hispanics in the United States, yet it’s preventable and detectable at an early stage.

The American Cancer Society and Greater Elgin Family Care Center would like to extend an invitation to males and females between the ages of 40 and 70 to participate in an educational event to learn more about colorectal cancer, how to prevent it, and the tests available for early detection.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 25 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Greater Elgin Family Care Center’s Slade Health Center, 901 Center St, Elgin, IL 60120. The program will be presented in Spanish. Participants will have the opportunity to speak with clinical experts and learn more about the services offered by Greater Elgin Family Care Center.

“Colorectal cancer is one of the top killers for all groups. Screening for this disease can be effective and can save lives” said GEFCC Medical Director Dr. Mark Thompson. “Yet to make this screening happen, patients need to be motivated. Such events like this will help increase awareness and motivate patients to carry through with this screening process and hopefully catch this disease in an early stage when it is much more curable.”

For more information about this educational event, please contact Dianna Manjarrez – Community Outreach Liaison at 224-856-4583.

About the American Cancer Society:

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 23 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

About Greater Elgin Family Care Center:

Greater Elgin Family Care Center [GEFCC] offers health care services via 25 health care access points, nine of which are full-time Health Centers in Elgin, Hanover Park, McHenry, Streamwood, Sycamore and Wheeling. The organization offers Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Family Medicine, Psychiatry/Behavioral Health, Dental Care and an array of supportive services. In 2016, GEFCC practitioners provided care to over 45,000 patients via more than 155,000 medical and dental visits.

GEFCC celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Dental health, while often viewed separately from health care, is very important to the overall wellness of children and can positively or negatively impact a child’s success in school and throughout life.

It’s important that all children, regardless of their insurance status, have access to high quality dental care that is close to home and affordable. Greater Elgin Family Care Center is proud fulfill this responsibility by being the premier provider of children’s dental care for Elgin-area children and students of School District U46 and District 300.

GEFCC believes that dental health is part of comprehensive health care and we strive to provide the highest quality of care to all our patients. GEFCC has been at the forefront addressing gaps in the provision of dental health services in the area since 2001, when Greater Elgin Family Care Center started providing integrated oral health services in partnership with Elgin Community College.

In September of 2007, through a partnership with School District U-46, GEFCC began offering oral health services, including prophylaxis, oral health exams and sealants, in multiple schools throughout the District. These efforts paved the way for the opening of our Children’s Dental Clinic in September, 2008 with the support of Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation. Our school-based program has expanded to include elementary schools in School District U46 and District 300. In 2016, GEFCC provided school-based dental care to 2,203 students.

In addition to collaborating with the Districts, Greater Elgin Family Care Center is fortunate to have a partnership with Altrusa International Club of Elgin’s “Chews to Read” Literacy Program. Throughout this partnership, children in GEFCC’s Dental Clinic have received gift bags from Altrusa members which help reinforce healthy dental habits and healthy reading habits. Altrusa has donated 240 book bags which include Children’s Dental Health Books, Cuddle Animals, reading calendars and book lists. Altrusa also makes monthly gifts of hats, mittens, scarves and socks during the winter months, literacy enrichment materials (puzzles, games, etc.) in the summer months, and school supplies in the fall.

Greater Elgin Family Care Center is also pleased that in 2016 both Federal and Foundation funding was secured to expand our Dental Clinic’s services. As a result of the expansion to be completed in 2017, GEFCC’s Dental Clinic will offer 12 operatories, in addition to the already-purchased and implemented portable dental operatories which are presently used in GEFCC’s expanded school-based oral health care program for children of the Elgin and Carpentersville areas.

GEFCC offers health care services via 25 health care access points, nine of which are full-time Health Centers in Elgin, Hanover Park, McHenry, Streamwood, Sycamore and Wheeling. The organization offers Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Dental Care and an array of supportive services. In 2016, GEFCC practitioners provided care to over 45,000 patients via more than 155,000 medical and dental visits.

GEFCC is accredited by The Joint Commission, indicating compliance with the highest quality standards of health care in the United States, is certified as a Patient Centered/Primary Care Medical Home and provides care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. The organization is presently recognized as a National Quality Leader, Health Center Quality Leader and Clinical Quality Improver by the Health Resources Services Administration.

A Creekside Christmas

Two Psychiatrists now providing care at McHenry Community Health Center

Greater Elgin Family Care Center (GEFCC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Ebe Chinweze has joined our McHenry Community Health Center team and is providing Psychiatric evaluations, medication monitoring and medication management for McHenry County residents that are 13 years of age and older. Dr. Chinweze joins Dr. Ritu Talwar, who began providing Psychiatric care for McHenry County residents age 15 years and older on July 8, 2016.

Dr. Chinweze received her Doctor of Medicine from Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine, and she completed her 4-year general Psychiatry residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She joins GEFCC with several years of clinical practice in Psychiatry, having previously provided care in private practice in Maryland, at a regional Mental Health Center in Indiana, and at the Cook County Health and Hospital System.

The hiring of both Drs. Chinweze and Talwar was made possible thanks to the generous support of the McHenry County Mental Health Board, which partially funds GEFCC to provide mental health services to residents of McHenry County. GEFCC is thrilled to have both providers on-staff at our McHenry County Mental Health Center.

To make an appointment to see one of our Psychiatrists, please call 815-363-9900.

To learn more about the McHenry County Mental Health Board, please visit https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-j-z/mental-health-board/

Greater Elgin Family Care Center receives Elgin Township funding

Elgin Township officials informed Greater Elgin Family Care Center today that the Township will be providing funding for PAP smears for uninsured females of the Township. GEFCC expects to begin providing additional PAP smears in its Elgin Health Centers as a result of the funding as soon as the Funding Agreement is completed.

“PAP smears are such a critical component of cancer detection, yet many ladies put it off due to lack of resources and the fact that it’s hard for one to visualize having cancer” said Bob Tanner, President/CEO of Greater Elgin Family Care Center. “With the State significantly reducing funding for uninsured patient PAP smears, it’s quite significant that Elgin Township has stepped up, offering GEFCC resources to provide more smears for our female patients.”

PAP smears are provided at all GEFCC Health Centers, and Elgin Township’s resources will be used to provide more tests for Elgin Township residents.

Appointments can be secured by calling 847.608.1344 or visiting www.gefcc.org.

GEFCC Receives National Recognition for Quality of Care

GEFCC’s 2015 outcomes on Bureau of Primary Health Care Clinical Indicators have been recognized as among the best for all Federally Qualified Health Centers in the United States and the best in Illinois.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recognized GEFCC as a National Quality Leader, Health Center Quality Leader and Clinical Quality Improver on August 18, 2016, with Greater Elgin Family Care Center receiving the largest National Quality Leader Award in Illinois.

The awards are in recognition of GEFCC’s 2015 outcomes which beat the Illinois average on 14 of 16 Clinical Indicators. Those same outcomes are ranked in the top 25% in the United States on 11 of 16 Indicators, and in the 26-50% percentile on 4 of the remaining 5.

The recognitions acknowledge that Greater Elgin Family Care Center’s outcomes are far better than most Health Centers in the State and Nationally, on an array of Indicators.

No other Federally Qualified Health Center in Illinois which was ranked on at least 15 of the 16 Indicators had better clinical outcomes in 2015 than Greater Elgin Family Care Center.

“There are many reasons for our achievement of such fine outcomes, and chief among them is our commitment to the components of our SPIRIT of Excellence program” said Bob Tanner, President/CEO of Greater Elgin Family Care Center.

“We have never before been recognized in 3 categories: National Quality Leader, Health Center Quality Leader and Clinical Quality Improver. It’s only a testament to our Board and staff, and it’s only our patients who benefit from the quality of care we provide’ he continued.

GEFCC’s outcomes are available at: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/uds/datacenter.aspx?q=d&bid=0515160&state=IL&year=2015

Outcomes of every FQHC in Illinois and the United States are available at: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/uds/datacenter.aspx?q=d

Greater Elgin Family Care Center is a non-profit Community Health Center which provided care to over 43,000 different people via over 146,000 appointments in Fiscal Year 2016. GEFCC offers care out of 9 full-time Health Centers and over 2 dozen part-time locations. GEFCC is Accredited and Certified as a Primary Care Medical Home by The Joint Commission.

Visit www.gefcc.org for more information.

Greater Elgin Family Care Center’s Outcomes Exceed Benchmarks – Yet Again!

2015 data released by the Bureau of Primary Health Care demonstrates that, once again, Greater Elgin Family Care Center’s outcomes are far better than most community health centers (CHC) on an array of health, financial and operational indicators.

The UDS Summary Report, released earlier this week by the Health Resources and Services Administration, offers the clinical and financial performance outcomes of Greater Elgin Family Care Center (GEFCC), comparing them to State of Illinois and National community health center averages.

For the 11th consecutive year, GEFCC outperforms its peers:

Health Outcome Indicators

Greater Elgin Family Care Center’s Health Care outcomes beat the Illinois average on 14 of 16 indicators:

  • Access to Prenatal Care
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Child and Adolescent Weight Assessment and Counseling
  • Adult Weight Screening and Follow-Up
  • Tobacco Use Screening and Cessation Intervention
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Depression Screening and Follow-Up
  • Childhood Immunizations
  • Dental Sealants
  • Asthma Treatment
  • Cholesterol Treatment
  • Heart Attack/Stroke Treatment
  • Blood Pressure Control
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes

GEFCC performed 6% less than the State average on Cervical Cancer Screening and was unsuccessful in linking its 1 HIV patient in 2015 to ongoing care.

Financial Outcome Indicators

GEFCC’s Financial Outcomes also beat the Illinois average on every financial indicator, meaning that GEFCC provides quality health care at a low cost:

  • GEFCC’s medical cost per medical patient is 20% lower than the State CHC average and 28% less than the National CHC average
  • GEFCC’s medical cost per medical visit is 19% lower than the State CHC average and 28% lower than the National CHC average
  • GEFCC’s total cost per total patient is 23% less than the State average and 41% less than the National CHC average
  • GEFCC’s total cost per total visit is 20% less than the State average and 31% less than the National CHC average
  • GEFCC’s dental cost per dental care visit is 36% less than the State average and 46% less than the National average

Operational Outcome Indicators

The 2015 Report indicates that the volume of care provided by Greater Elgin Family Care Center practitioners is rapidly growing:

  • Growth in total number of patients cared for over the past 3 years is 3 times the State of Illinois average and 2 times the National average

“The data continues to indicate that patients can come to GEFCC and know that they will receive quality, affordable care from their primary care physician’ stated GEFCC President/CEO Bob Tanner. ‘Thanks to the collective efforts of our Board, employees and many collaborating organizations, it is clear that Greater Elgin Family Care Center improves the health outcomes of our patients” said Tanner.

Greater Elgin Family Care Center is a non-profit Community Health Center which provided care to over 43,000 different people via over 146,000 appointments in Fiscal Year 2016. GEFCC presently offers care out of 9 full-time Health Centers and over 2 dozen part-time locations. Visit gefcc.org for more information.

GEFCC Celebrates 15th Anniversary

On July 21st, 2016 GEFCC professionals were joined by several dozen community partners and Board Members to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Greater Elgin Family Care Center. The celebration took place at Slade Health Center and celebrated GEFCC’s 15 years of care provision. Guests at the event received tours of the Health Center and enjoyed delicious appetizers and refreshments.

Craig Dodt, Chair of the Board of Directors, welcomed guests to the celebration and shared how proud he is to be a patient of GEFCC and a member of the Board of Directors. He congratulated the organization on 15 years of successful achievements and shared his hope and vision for the next 15 years to come.

In addition to celebrating its 15th anniversary, GEFCC also introduced a fundraising campaign to provide cervical cancer screenings to uninsured women who seek care in GEFCC Health Centers. Dr. Mark Thompson, Medical Director, highlighted the importance of early screening in the prevention of cancer and the negative effect that not being screened can have on a woman’s life. Many guests supported this campaign through a monetary donation to GEFCC.

Bob Tanner, President/CEO, thanked participants for joining GEFCC in celebrating 15 years of service to the community and thanked the professionals that are part of the organization for continuously providing high quality and respectful care to all patients. Mr. Tanner also thanked Ed Hunter and Donna Anderson, two of the founding members of Greater Elgin Family Care Center, for their work and support to make GEFCC the successful health care provider it is today. In addition, Mr. Tanner acknowledged the Shales and Schueneman families for the continued support they have shown for the organization.

SPIRIT of Excellence Awardees Announced

Elgin, IL-

June 30, 2016

Greater Elgin Family Care Center recognized its top performing professionals today at the annual SPIRIT of Excellence Employee Recognition Banquet.

The Banquet provided an opportunity for all Top Quarterly Performers to be recognized, as well as peer-selected Top Annual Performers. Categories for employee recognition are Care Partner, Patient Liaison, Practitioner and Organizational Support.

Quarterly Top Performers for 2015 – 2016 are:

    CARE PARTNER:
    Olga Campos-Roman
    Jenny Leal
    Fabiola Martinez
    Lorena Guzman
    Thalia Loyola
    Jovana Perez-Lagunas
    Ana Rodriguez
    PATIENT LIAISON:
    Rocio Nava
    Norberto Sanchez
    Emmanuel Del Valle Reyes
    Evelyn Rodriguez
    Cristian Candia
    Alejandra Parra
    Daniela Gomez
    PRACTITIONER:
    Dr. Kiran Ali
    Jennifer Calderala
    Dr. Salman Khaleluddin
    Stephanie Williams
    Dr. David Baum
    Debra Rasmussen
    Jamie Price
    Dr. Mark Thompson
    ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT:
    Arminda Cruz
    Cindy Gomez
    Lydia Flores
    Stacy David
    Alexis Witkowski
    Oscar Amezquita
    Jessie Boyzo
    The Annual Top Performers are:
    Fabiola Martinez – Care Partner
    Emmanuel Del Valle Reyes – Patient Liaison
    Dr. Salman Khaleeluddin – Practitioner
    Alexis Witkowski – Organizational Support

Greater Elgin Family Care Center’s SPIRIT of Excellent recognition program actively solicits feedback from patients and employees of GEFCC. Employees are recognized on an ongoing basis throughout the year, with Quarterly and Annual Top Performers selected based on volume, specificity and impact of received comments.

Greater Elgin Family Care Center to expand Oral Health Services

Elgin, IL-

June 20, 2016

Greater Elgin Family Care Center (GEFCC) has been awarded $350,000 in federal funding via a highly-competitive grant process to expand its oral health services. Only 12 awards were issued to 48 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Illinois.

Announced by Health and Human Services’ Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on June 16th, funding for GEFCC’s oral health services expansion comes from the Affordable Care Act, and is allocated by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA).

The announcement comes on the heels of two other successful applications submitted by GEFCC: one via HRSA’s Health Infrastructure Investment Program, and the other via the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation. Together, these three awards provide GEFCC with over $1,700,000 in capital and/or operating funding to expand its oral health care services and support systems, resulting in expanded and more coordinated care for underserved patients in its communities.

“We are thrilled with the results of our months of hard work preparing and submitting these competitive grant applications,” said Bob Tanner, President and CEO of GEFCC. “We look forward to implementing our proposals and expanding high-quality, affordable health care services to the residents of the communities we serve. We are also deeply appreciative of the many organizations that supported these applications” Tanner concluded.

According to HRSA, about 1,400 health centers operate approximately 9,800 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin. Together, these health centers employ more than 170,000 staff who provide care for nearly 23 million patients.

GEFCC offers health care services via 25 health care access points, nine of which are full-time locations in Elgin, Hanover Park, McHenry, Streamwood, Sycamore and Wheeling. The organization offers Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Dental Care and an array of supportive services. In 2015, GEFCC provided care to over 40,000 patients via more than 138,000 medical and dental visits.

GEFCC is accredited by The Joint Commission, indicating compliance with the highest quality standards of health care in the United States, is certified as a Patient Centered/Primary Care Medical Home and provides care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.