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GEFCC Celebrates expanded Seneca Health Center and Dental Clinic with Ribbon Cutting and Open House

On April 12th, 2018 Greater Elgin Family Care Center (GEFCC) celebrated the expanded Seneca Health Center and Dental Clinic located at 450 Dundee Avenue in Elgin with a Ribbon Cutting and Open House. Elected officials, community stakeholders, GEFCC Board members and volunteers were joined by many GEFCC professionals to commemorate this special occasion.

The expansion of GEFCC’s Seneca Health Center and Dental Clinic was completed in November of 2017. This expansion included the addition of 10 medical exam rooms to house GEFCC’s obstetrics and gynecology practice, which was previously housed in the lower level of the same building. The expansion also added 3 dental operatories to GEFCC’s Dental Clinic, which now total 12.

Guest received tours of the newly expanded Health Center and Dental Clinic and enjoyed delicious appetizers and refreshments. Guests also participated in a brief program and Ribbon Cutting ceremony supported by the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce. The evening concluded with the drawing of the winner of a lovely raffle basket graciously donated by Ms. Nancy Schueneman.

Craig Dodt, Chair of the Board of Directors, welcomed and thanked guests for their support of the important services that Greater Elgin Family Care Center provides to the community. He highlighted the leadership of GEFCC’s President and CEO, Bob Tanner, who has been instrumental in transforming GEFCC into the high caliber health care organization it is today.

Bob Tanner, President/CEO, thanked guests for their attendance and support of GEFCC. He thanked the staff at Seneca Health Center for their patience and cooperation during the renovations. Mr. Tanner mentioned that this project could not have been possible without the leadership and hard work of GEFCC’s COO, Lupe Fonseca and CFO, Jason Carey, who almost single handedly built and designed the Health Center not once, but twice due to an unfortunate flooding incident that occurred within weeks of the opening of the expanded space.

Among the elected officials present was Rose Martinez, Councilwoman for the City of Elgin, who shared that she grew up down the street from Seneca Health Center and remembered the time before GEFCC came to the neighborhood. She added that GEFCC and its mission is very dear to her as a native of Elgin and highlighted how great it is to have GEFCC on the east side of Elgin providing high quality health care services to all families in need. She thanked GEFCC’s founders who were present, which included Donna Anderson, Ed Hunter and Trinka Waters, for their vision and hard work to make Greater Elgin Family Care Center a reality.

Carol Gieske, CEO of the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce, also expressed her support for Greater Elgin Family Care Center and shared how glad she is to see GEFCC continue to expand and increase its provision of services in the community.

Opening of New Summit Health Center in Elgin, IL

We are less than two months away from the Grand Opening of Greater Elgin Family Care Center’s new Summit Health Center, located at 373 Summit Street in Elgin. Our staff has been arduously preparing for The Big Move and we will be ready to open our new doors on May 21st, 2018 at 6:00am.

On May 18th, 2018 GEFCC’s Slade Health Center (located at 901 Center Street in the old Sherman Hospital) and the current Summit Health Center (located at 370 Summit Street) will be officially closed. Patients who were previously seen at these Health Centers will now be seen at the New Summit Health Center at 373 Summit Street in Elgin starting on May 21st, 2018. Patients will receive care from the same practitioners they have come to know and trust, with the same superior quality of care that GEFCC is known for.

The new Summit Health Center is walking distance from both the current Summit Health Center and GEFCC’s Seneca Health Center and Dental Clinic (450 Dundee Ave. in Elgin). This new location will house 22 exam rooms, 14 practitioners, 2 behavioral health providers, 1 psychiatrist, a full-service laboratory, and several GEFCC departments. It is beautiful!

Services to be provided at GEFCC’s new Summit Health Center include:

– Family Medicine
– Adult Medicine
– Pediatrics
– Gynecological/Well-Woman Exams (no OB)
– Sick Care
– Chronic Disease Management (Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Hypertension, Asthma, etc.)
– Preventive/Health Maintenance Exams
– Work Physicals
– School/Sports/Camp Physicals
– Immunizations
– FREE Pregnancy Tests
– Care Management
– Health Benefits Enrollment
– Medications
– AllKids Application Site
– LabCorp Full-Service Laboratory
– Brief Therapy for Adolescents and Adults
– Pediatric Psychiatry for Early Childhood to 18 years old

We know our patients are as excited for this new location. Follow us on facebook.com/GEFCC and Twitter (@GEFCC) for updates on the new Health Center and other happenings at GEFCC.

Save the date for the Ribbon Cutting and Open House event for GEFCC’s new Summit Health Center, to take place on July 12th, 2018 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm!

GEFCC’s Big Move!

We have exciting news to share! For some time now, we have been planning to relocate some of our Elgin Health Centers to better, more centrally-located facilities – The Big Move.

Earlier this year, GEFCC began renovating the vacant building across the street from our current Summit Health Center – 373 Summit Street in Elgin. This new Health Center will replace GEFCC’s current Summit and Slade Health Centers and house 22 exam rooms and several GEFCC departments. It is expected that renovations will be completed in May and the NEW Summit Health Center, at 373 Summit Street in Elgin, will be open to our patients on Monday, May 21st, 2018.

With this exciting opening of our new Summit Health Center comes a few other changes to our other Elgin locations – the closing and relocation of GEFCC’s current Slade Health Center and Summit Health Center. Slade Health Center, presently located at 901 Center Street in the old Sherman Hospital, and Summit Health Center at 370 Summit Street, will both officially close as of Friday, May 18th, 2018. All patients from these two locations will be receiving care at the new Summit Health Center at 373 Summit Street beginning Monday, May 21st, 2018.

The new Summit Health Center will have the same hours of services that GEFCC currently offers, as well as the same practitioners patients know and love, the same quality and level of care that Greater Elgin Family Care Center is known for, and some additional perks including a brand new, state-of-the-art building, roomy parking lots and walking proximity to GEFCC’s Seneca Health Center and our Dental Clinic.

We are very excited for this move and can’t wait for our patients to see our new Summit Health Center at 373 Summit Street. We’ll be planning a Grand Opening and Open House this coming summer – so stay tuned!

GEFCC Recognizes Longstanding Employees During 13th Annual Winter Event

Every year, Greater Elgin Family Care Center celebrates and recognizes our employees during the annual Winter Event. On Saturday, January 27th, 2018 GEFCC staff came together to celebrate another successful year for our organization, our staff and our patients.

This year’s Winter Event was held at The Seville banquet hall in Streamwood. The festivities included casino themed games, delicious food, raffle prizes, employee recognition and dancing.

Employees and their guests each received $1,000 of “make believe” money to play throughout the night. Many enjoyed several rounds of Texas hold’em, craps, blackjack and roulette. The evening continued with a tasty dinner and concluded with much deserved merriment and dancing.

President and CEO Bob Tanner recognized employees who have been with GEFCC for 5, 10 and, for the first time in our history, 15 years. He thanked them for their service to the organization and their dedication to our patients.

“Our excellent outcomes, patient satisfaction and growth is due to our employees’ said Tanner. ‘These leaders have dedicated themselves to our patients and our mission. They are the bedrock of Greater Elgin Family Care Center’, he stated.

Employees who were recognized received a plaque for their achievement and are listed below:

    Fifteen Years of Service

  • Oletha Johnson
  • Elizabeth Nunez
  • Noemi Salazar
    Ten Years of Service

  • Cindy Gomez
  • Jessica Herrera
  • Lori Murphy
  • Dr. Nabanita Bhowmick
  • Laura Ontiveros-Sanchez
  • Angelica Rivera
  • Judith Rivera
  • Barbara Schoot
    Five Years of Service

  • Dalene Arizmendi
  • Claudia Cabral
  • Dr. Sandhya Chaudhari
  • Cynthia Corral
  • Veronica Facio
  • Beatriz Garcia
  • Dr. Nirmala Govinda
  • Lorena Guzman
  • Margarita Hernandez
  • Sandra Lucarelli
  • Yesica Martinez
  • Olha Mendyuk
  • Dr. Celina Miller
  • Dr. Cheerag Patel
  • Dr. Geena Patel
  • Osmar Rodriguez
  • Karina Romero
  • Selene Silva
  • Vanessa Velasco

Winter Event 2018

Expansion of Seneca Health Center and Dental Clinic

Join us to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting and Open House of the expanded Seneca Health Center on April 12th, 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at 450 Dundee Ave, Elgin, IL 60120. We look forward to seeing you there!

Greater Elgin Family Care Center (GEFCC) is pleased to announce the completion of the expansion of the Upper Level of Seneca Health Center and Dental Clinic, both located at 450 Dundee Ave in Elgin, Illinois. This project began earlier this summer and was made possible through a grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation and the federal Health Resources Services Administration.

As a result of this expansion, GEFCC’s Dental Clinic will have 3 additional dental operatories, for a total of 12. The Upper Level of Seneca Health Center will also house the Obstetrics and Gynecology practice and will include 10 medical exam rooms, as well as other staff offices and administrative areas. This expansion will allow us to provide even more medical and dental care to residents of the greater Elgin community.

‘Our additional capacity and beautiful rooms and operatories will not only allow us to provide more care, our patients will also experience one of the most pleasing, integrated care environments in the entire area’ said GEFCC’s President/CEO Bob Tanner.

Renovations were completed on November 17th, 2017 and as of Monday, November 27th, 2017 patients are being seen in the expanded Health Center. Click here to view a short video tour on Facebook.

GEFCC will be hosting an Open House for our community partners to tour the new facility and meet our providers and staff at a future date. Please stay tuned for more details.

DeKalb County Community Foundation awards grant to GEFCC

GEFCC receives grant from DCCF

Greater Elgin Family Care Center (GEFCC) is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation (DCCF) to support our Center for Family Health (CFH) in Sycamore, IL! Funds will be used to deploy mobile workstation carts in CFH exam rooms, which will increase care team productivity and lead to better patient care.

This grant award marks DCCF’s third investment in CFH. The foundation has previously supported the deployment of advanced pediatric vision screeners and the replacement of vital exam room diagnostic equipment and table tops. GEFCC is honored that DCCF has again chosen to invest in CFH to further our mission of providing quality, affordable health care to all, including those without the ability to pay.

Previously operated by KishHealth, the Center for Family Health in Sycamore was transferred to GEFCC in December of 2013 when the organization assumed full responsibility for operations, thus converting the health center to the area’s first Federally Qualified Health Center.

To learn about CFH’s services, hours, and more, please visit here.

To learn about DCCF, please visit here.

GEFCC Recognized as a 2017 Hypertension Control Champion

Greater Elgin Family Care Center (GEFCC) is proud to announce that the organization has been selected as a 2017 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champion! More than 100 applicants sent in a nomination for the 2017 Control Challenge, and GEFCC was 1 out of 24 Champions that passed the validation process! This achievement is one of many examples that demonstrate GEFCC’s commitment to improving the lives of our patients.

Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases kill over 800,000 Americans each year, accounting for 1 in every 3 deaths. To address this issue, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established Million Hearts in 2012, an ongoing initiative co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

As part of this initiative, the CDC and the CMS launched the Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge, a competition to identify health care providers that have worked with their patients to achieve hypertension control rates at or above 70% through innovations in health information technology and electronic health records, patient communication, and health care team approaches.

“We are excited to host this Challenge and showcase successful strategies used by our 2017 Champions to keep blood pressure under safe control, prevent heart attacks and strokes, and save lives,” said Janet Wright, M.D., a board-certified cardiologist and executive director of Million Hearts. “We had a higher than ever number of entrants this year, and we hope that these Champions inspire teams all over the country to make hypertension control a priority. We are already looking forward to celebrating the achievements of future Champions in the years to come.”

To view the original CDC announcement, please visit here.

Attention Family Health Network, Cook County Patients

As of November 1st, 2017, Family Health Network (FHN) will not be participating in the Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Program. If you are insured with FHN and reside in Cook County, you will be transitioned to CountyCare Health Plan.

If you wish to stay with CountyCare Health Plan, you do not need to do anything. If you do nothing, you will be insured by CountyCare Health Plan and be able to continue to use Greater Elgin Family Care Center’s Health Centers as your Medical Home/Primary Care Physician.

If you DO NOT want to stay with CountyCare, you have 90 days from November 1st, 2017 to change health plans to any of the plans listed below.

Greater Elgin Family Care Center accepts all the plans below. Blue Cross Community Health Plan is our preferred plan.

  1. Blue Cross Community Health Plan
  2. Harmony
  3. IlliniCare Health
  4. Meridian Health Plan
  5. Molina Healthcare
  6. CountyCare
  7. NextLevel

We have Health Benefits Specialist who are available to answer any questions about your health plan options and how to select a new plan. Please call us at 847-608-1344 or stop in to any of our Health Centers for assistance.

New Information About Appointment Times

Dear GEFCC Patients –

As of 9/18/2017, we ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes if you are an ESTABLISHED PATIENT and 30 minutes if you are a NEW PATIENT before your appointment time. There are many forms that need to be completed during registration and arriving early to your appointment will help us move everyone along, ensuring you will see your provider on time.

Additionally, we have the following policy that patients should be aware of:

  • NEW PATIENTS need to be CHECKED-IN with the receptionist at least 10 MINUTES BEFORE their appointment time or they will not be seen at their scheduled time and can choose to wait and be seen as a walk-in patient.
  • ESTABLISHED patients need to be CHECKED-IN with the receptionist 5 MINUTES BEFORE their appointment time or they will not be seen at their scheduled time and can choose to wait and be seen as a walk-in patient.

Please help us ensure everyone’s appointments run smoothly by arriving early. Thank you!

GEFCC Receives National Recognition for Quality of Care – Again

GEFCC’s 2016 outcomes on Bureau of Primary Health Care Clinical Indicators have been recognized as among the best of all Federally Qualified Health Centers in the United States and Illinois – for the 4th year in a row!

The Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recognized GEFCC as a Health Center Quality Leader and Clinical Quality Improver on August 15, 2017, with Greater Elgin Family Care Center receiving the largest Addressing Health Disparities Award in Illinois. GEFCC also received the 3rd largest Health Center Quality Leader and 3rd largest Enhancing Access to Care Awards in Illinois.

The Awards are in recognition of GEFCC’s 2016 clinical outcomes, which beat the Illinois average on 14 of 15 reported Clinical Indicators. Those same outcomes are ranked in the top 25% in the United States on 10 of 15 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.

None of the other 43 awarded Community Health Centers in Illinois received a larger HRSA Quality Improvement Grant Award than Greater Elgin Family Care Center, when controlling for number of organizational sites which have achieved Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) recognition. Even when factoring in number of sites PCMH recognized, GEFCC received the 2nd largest total Award in Illinois, despite seeing only the 9th largest number of patients amongst Community Health Centers in the State.

“I believe that the definition of success is not achieving the goal, but maintaining that excellence over a long period of time. This is the 4th year in a row that GEFCC has received such prestigious recognitions from HHS/HRSA. It’s our practitioners and staff who make such excellent patient outcomes continue to happen” said Bob Tanner, President/CEO of Greater Elgin Family Care Center.

GEFCC’s outcomes are available here.

Outcomes of every FQHC in Illinois and the United States are available here.

The Press Release offered by HRSA is available here.

Greater Elgin Family Care Center is a non-profit Community Health Center which provided care to over 46,000 different people via over 158,000 appointments in Fiscal Year 2017. GEFCC offers care out of 9 full-time Health Centers in 4 Chicagoland Counties, and is Accredited and Certified as a Primary Care Medical Home by The Joint Commission.

Visit www.gefcc.org for more information.