On November 6th, 2019 Representative Sean Casten (D-IL, 6th) and his District Director, Anne Wick, visited Greater Elgin Family Care Center (GEFCC) and met with Greater Elgin Family Care Center staff.
During his visit, Congressman Casten toured GEFCC’s new Summit Health Center, located at 373 Summit Street in Elgin. The Congressman met several GEFCC practitioners, coordinators, medical assistants, nurses and GEFCC’s Medication Assisted Treatment Coordinator, Claire Brown. Ms. Brown shared with the Congressman a brief introduction of the Medication Assisted Treatment services offered by GEFCC and discussed the benefits that patients receive as part of this program.
During his meeting with GEFCC President/CEO, Robert M. Tanner, Congressman Casten learned about Greater Elgin Family Care Center’s history, breadth of services and multiple national recognitions received for the quality of care that the organization offers its patients. Earlier this year, GEFCC was again nationally recognized by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services as among the best of all Federally Qualified Health Centers in the United States and Illinois – for the 6th year in a row!
Congressman Casten and Mr. Tanner also discussed several policy updates from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), including legislation to re-authorize funding for Community Health Centers on a long-term basis. Congressman Casten expressed his support for Community Health Centers and his interest in learning more about applicable pending legislation. Mr. Tanner added that a 5-year extension of funding would help all Community Health Centers better meet the needs of the communities they serve, thanking the Congressman for his support.
Over 23,000 of GEFCC’s patients reside in Illinois’ 6th Congressional District. Furthermore, GEFCC’s Randall Health Center, located at 1425 Randall Road in Elgin, is located within Congressman Casten’s District.
Greater Elgin Family Care Center is the area’s premier Federally Qualified Health Center, providing the full range of quality, affordably priced, fully integrated primary care services to over 51,000 area residents by over 167,000 medical, behavioral health and dental appointments annually. Operating 10 Community Health Center sites in 5 northeastern Illinois counties, the organization is accredited by The Joint Commission, Primary Care Medical Home certified, repeatedly nationally recognized for both its health outcomes and cost efficiency, and provides care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.