Breakthrough: Joint Commission Accreditation and FQHC Status

After several years of preparation, Aunt Martha’s earned its first accreditation from The Joint Commission (then the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations – or JCAHO) in 1997. According to Aunt Martha’s employee newsletter, only about 5% of health centers, and just 2% of child welfare agencies in the country were accredited at the time.

Only two years later, in 1999, Aunt Martha’s proudly earned its status as a Federally Qualified Health Center. Since then, we’ve consistently earned awards as a National Health Center Quality Leader, serving communities with the greatest need across the state of Illinois. The success of Aunt Martha’s continued through the decades because of the dedication to an integrated health care model, and staying true to the belief that a person cannot be well until all of their needs are met – medical, behavioral, social, housing, employment, family life, and beyond. The increased focus on expansion and improvement of the clinics and health care allowed Aunt Martha’s to continue its great service of the youth and children in crisis, allowing for real collaboration and coordination of their care to give them the best chance for success.

Aunt Martha's School Linked Health Center in Chicago Heights opened in 1995.

Aunt Martha’s has provided health care services for most of our 50-year history. We opened our school linked health center in Chicago Heights in 1995.



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