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February 2014 Issue
Senator Durbin Joins Erie Roundtable on CountyCare Success
NorthShore University HealthSystem Partnership Expands Access for Children
Lending Hands for Life Excels in HIV Care
Join Us for Eriedescence 2014!
Health Justice Project Names Erie Providers as Health Care Champions
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Dear Friends of Erie,

 

Lee Francis

I'm often inspired by my patients. One of them is Richard Romanowski, a musician and choir director. When he first arrived at Erie, he had diabetes, high blood pressure and no health insurance. He had recently lost both parents. It was amazing to see him work hard to overcome his challenges and control his diabetes, lose weight, reduce his blood pressure and feel better. I'm delighted that today he's not only healthier; he's one of 70,000 previously uninsured patients who now receive expanded Medicaid benefits at Erie and other community health centers, thanks to CountyCare, Cook County's early implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

 

In this issue, you'll read about Richard's participation at a recent Erie roundtable with United States Senator Dick Durbin, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other county officials. The discussion focused on the success of CountyCare in providing access to expanded health benefits to individuals like Richard.

 

This issue also features news about Erie's partnership with NorthShore University HealthSystem to further expand services for children and adolescents and our collaboration with Loyola University to address patients' legal barriers to health. Finally, we're delighted that Erie's Lending Hands for Life program has exceeded national performance at key points along the HIV/AIDS care continuum.

 

I'm extremely proud of all we have accomplished with the support of our partners. But my deepest satisfaction comes from seeing our patients work hard to achieve health and wellness for themselves and their families. They are Erie's inspiration to do even better. 

Yours in Good Health, 

  

Lee Signature Black

Lee Francis, MD, MPH 

President and CEO
Erie Family Health Center  
 

P.S.  Don't forget to join us on February 20 for Eriedescence! You can see complete information and RSVP in this newsletter.

 

 

ERIE NEWS  

 

Senator Durbin Joins Erie Roundtable on CountyCare Success

 

Erie patient Richard Romanowski talks to U.S. Senator
Richard Durbin and Cook County Board President
Toni Preckwinkle about his experiences with CountyCare.

 

On January 10, United States Senator Dick Durbin and Cook County officials convened at Erie Division Street Health Center to discuss the success of CountyCare and the importance of continuing to enroll patients for health coverage. Senator Durbin praised Erie's quality of care and pointed out the value of community health centers like Erie in implementing the Affordable Care Act and helping patients enroll in expanded Medicaid benefits through CountyCare since last February.

Also at the roundtable was Richard Romanowski, an Erie patient who is among 70,000 Cook County residents now receiving those benefits. These patients previously struggled to obtain critical health care services. CountyCare gives them access to quality care at community health centers like Erie through the Affordable Care Act. Early success with CountyCare paved the way for Erie to enroll more than 3,000 patients under the Affordable Care Act since October.

Other attendees who contributed to the roundtable event's success were Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle; Cook County Health and Hospitals System CEO Dr. Ram Raju; County Commissioner Jerry Butler and Cook County Health and Hospitals System Board Chair David Carvalho.
  

 

 

NorthShore University HealthSystem Partnership Expands Access for Children

   
Erie Family Health Center has expanded its partnership with NorthShore University HealthSystem to provide vital care to patients and families in need. In January, NorthShore closed its Child and Adolescent Center (CAC) in Evanston and asked Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center to continue caring for its patients. These patients will now benefit from Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center's primary medical care, oral care and behavioral health services, along with a referral-based continuum of care for those who require hospital services. 
 

CAC patients will be able to access Erie dental care, behavioral
health services, as well as a referral-based continuum of care
for those who require hospital services. 
 
 
 
NorthShore University HealthSystem is continuing to provide specialty, diagnostic emergency and inpatient hospital care to all patients referred by Erie for the hospital's services. 

  

 

Lending Hands for Life Excels in
HIV Care

  

Congratulations to Erie's Lending Hands for Life (LHL) program! Based on Centers for Disease Control data, Erie is leading the nation in helping HIV/AIDS patients remain in care, stay on their medications, and manage their disease.

 

Thanks to high quality care, 84% of LHL
patients have no detectable viral load.
 

Lending Hands for Life provides comprehensive, compassionate primary care, behavioral health and case management services to over 250 Chicagoans living with HIV/AIDS. These patients receive a fully integrated approach to care that helps them live longer, healthier lives.  

 

 

Escape the Winter Blahs, Kick Off Those Snow Boots and Put on Your Party Shoes!

   

Eriedescence 2014

Thursday, February 20 

6pm - 9pm

Galleria Marchetti

825 West Erie Street

Join us for an illuminating evening featuring cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dancing, a silent auction and more!

All proceeds support Erie's HIV/AIDS program, Lending Hands for Life, which provides comprehensive, compassionate primary care, behavioral health and case management services to over 250 Chicagoans living with HIV/AIDS.

Single tickets begin at $65.
Ticket sponsorship packages available starting at $650.
 

 


 

 

Health Justice Project Names Erie Providers as Health Care Champions 

 

Four Erie medical staff members are featured in the most recent newsletter of the Health Justice Project, a program of Loyola University Chicago's School of Law. Dr. Ruben Frescas, Dr. Anuj Shah, Dr. Laura Schwab and family nurse practitioner Debbie Sontag were recognized for their outstanding service to champion underserved patients and help them overcome legal barriers to access the care they need.

Erie is the designated medical partner of this unique program, which engages medical professionals and law students in the common cause of addressing social and legal circumstances that often contribute to poor health. "The collaboration with the Health Justice Project allows us to work together to help patients navigate the social structure to healthier lives," states Dr. Frescas.  

 

 
e-Spotlight is produced by Erie Family Health Center's Development and Communications Department. For any questions or to submit story ideas please contact Rachel Krause at rkrause@eriefamilyhealth.org.