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Foundation gives health center $1 million grant

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Erie Family Health Center has received a $1 million grant from the North Suburban Healthcare Foundation that will help Erie build out a new Evanston location this summer.
 

Erie Family Health Center has received a $1 million grant from the North Suburban Healthcare Foundation that will help Erie build out a new Evanston location this summer.

Currently located within Evanston’s Civic Center, Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center will move to a permanent location at 1285 Hartrey Ave.

The grant will allow extensive renovation of the building at the new location to accommodate more patients.

The new 16,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility will include 15 exam rooms and five dental suites, and ample space to expand services to incorporate wellness promotion and health education and behavioral health services.

“Erie is thrilled to receive this generous grant, which will help realize a community-driven vision for a comprehensive primary care health center for Evanston and Skokie,” Dr. Lee Francis, Erie's president and CEO, said in a statement.

“The mission of the North Suburban Healthcare Foundation is to promote the health of our community. We felt that Erie Family Health Center would be a great partner in helping to accomplish this critical objective,” said Beverley J. Kroll, Chair of the North Suburban Healthcare Foundation. “We are delighted to help Erie deliver high quality health care to those most in need.”

Erie Family Health Center is engaging the Evanston and Skokie communities to invest in the new health center and is actively soliciting capital gifts to complete the project funding. “This award brings us to $2.3 million raised to date, more than halfway to our $4 million goal,” Dr. Francis added.

Erie Evanston/Skokie opened in October 2012 and is the first community health center serving the northern suburbs of Evanston and Skokie.

Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center provides primary medical and dental care for patients, including prenatal care, pediatrics, women’s health and adult medicine, as well as chronic disease management and behavioral health services.

In addition, Erie offers access to an expanded network of locations providing services such as optometry and podiatry. Once the site is at full capacity, Erie estimates the health center will provide care for more
than 5,500 patients through more than 18,500 annual patient visits. 

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