Erie Family Health Center Opens Newly Renovated Humboldt Park Location
Event debuts one-of-a-kind physician training program and honors those who made it possible
Erie Family Health Center, a community-based health center that delivers affordable and high-quality care to low-income, uninsured and underinsured families throughout Chicago, today unveiled its unique Family Medicine Residency Program and newly renovated Humboldt Park location. Erie also recognized its partners and supporters who made the residency program and renovations possible, including Northwestern Medicine, Norwegian American Hospital and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.
The unique and innovative partnership that pairs Northwestern with Erie and Norwegian is designated as one of 11 federal Teaching Health Centers in the nation and the only one in Illinois. The goal of the program is to increase the number of primary care physicians trained in community-based ambulatory patient care settings, which is addressing the national shortage of primary care physicians.
“This is all about training our future physician leaders. Our graduates are highly likely to practice in medically underserved communities. We have attracted the best and the brightest to this program,” said Lee Francis, president and CEO of Erie Family Health Center.
The Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency Program was initiated with a $1.8 million grant from Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) to address the importance of a primary care physician workforce dedicated to supporting medically underserved communities. The program accepted its inaugural class in July 2010 and this July will accept its third class to reach a full team of 24 residents.
Erie received federal capital development and state appropriations totaling $3.9 million for the Humboldt Park renovation project to further accommodate the needs of the residency program. Renovations include expansion of main working areas to accommodate all 24 residents and new faculty. The space has been modernized and redesigned for contiguous, collaborative work flow.
Erie recognized Northwestern Medicine with its “Community Visionary Award” for its leadership and generous support, honored Norwegian and The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern with the “Community Partner Award” for their dedicated involvement in the program and recognized the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the State of Illinois for providing capital improvement funds. Illinois Senator William Delgado (D – 2), U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis and U.S. Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez were each honored with the “Civic Leadership Award” for their dedicated backing of the program.
“Our supporters are very dedicated to meeting the needs of medically underrepresented communities and have helped countless individuals and families gain access to quality healthcare. Erie is excited and honored to recognize them for their notable commitment,” said Francis.
More information on the McGaw Family Medicine Residency Program at Erie Family Health Center can be found at www.familymedicine.northwestern.edu/residency/eriefamilyhealth.html.
Kris Lathan, Director
Northwestern Memorial Hospital