Keystone Partnerships: Hospital-based Clinics

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There are, today, incentives within the healthcare environment to encourage greater collaboration between hospitals and community health centers (a.k.a. FQHCs). Becker’s wouldn’t write about it if it wasn’t cutting-edge, right?

Even before those incentives were encoded in our national health policy, Aunt Martha’s understood the need and the opportunity that existed in the unnecessary overuse of local emergency departments (20082021).

Celebrating our Hospital Partners

In 2021, our hospital-based clinics provided nearly 47,000 visits to more than 21,500 patients.

Advocate South Suburban Hospital

Our first hospital-based clinic opened in 2007 at Advocate South Suburban Hospital (Hazel Crest), and quickly outgrew its original space. Additional partnerships would follow, expanding Aunt Martha’s footprint and the impact of our integrated model of care to new communities and new regions. The picture below was taken in March 2007 at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new health center.

Left to right: 38th District Representative Al Riley, Ron Shopshire of Great Lakes Bank, 30th District Representative William Davis, Advocate South Suburban Hospital President Dr. Ann Errichetti, Aunt Martha’s Healthcare Network Medical Director of Clinic Operations Dr. Jennifer Byrd, Aunt Martha’s Healthcare Network’s Director of Sub-Specialty Services Dr. Alice Sartore, Hazel Crest Mayor Robert Donaldson, Village of Hazel Crest Trustee Dr. Jane Brown, Aunt Martha’s Healthcare Network’s Medical Director Dr. Lee Washington, Aunt Martha’s Healthcare Network General Manager Raul Garza.

Humboldt Park Health

Humboldt Park Health’s President and CEO Jose Sanchez  has said that Aunt Martha’s commitment to diversity and inclusion played a role when his team sought a new partner to fill the gap left when another local FQHC closed its clinic on the hospital’s campus.

“It was clear when we sat down with Aunt Martha’s executive team that this would be a different kind of partnership,” said Sanchez. “We were impressed by their clear, intentional approach to building diverse teams that represent the people they serve and respond patient needs in ways that are sensitive to the culture of the community.”

Left to Right: Audrey Pennington, Aunt Martha’s COO; Jose Sanchez, President and CEO, Humboldt Park Health; HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra; Congresswoman Lauren Underwood; Raul Garza, Aunt Martha’s President and CEO; Dr. Charles Barron, Aunt Martha’s CMO.

SwedishAmerican Hospital

“SwedishAmerican is extremely excited to partner with Aunt Martha’s and deliver high quality healthcare services to members of our community who perhaps needs it the most,” says SwedishAmerican President & CEO Dr. Michael Born.

“Too many of our residents, particularly those who are underserved and uninsured, now can gain access to better designed medical care. They will be set-up with a provider, having access to a medical home, rather than relying upon the emergency department for primary care.”

Northwestern Medicine Woodstock Hospital

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood visited our health center in Woodstock on June 6, 2022. She is backing Aunt Martha’s proposal to design a value-based approach to meeting the physical and mental health needs of teens and young adults in the 14th Congressional District.

AMITA Saint Joseph Medical Center

“This partnership speaks to the very heart of our mission as Presence Health to provide compassionate, holistic care with a spirit of healing and hope to so many in need in our Joliet community.” — Beth Hughes, President and CEO of Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

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