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 (2008, 2021).
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.
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.”
“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
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.