The City of Evanston’s Health and Human Services Department is changing its role from direct clinical services and treatment to that of community health information and referral. Evanston will counsel residents about appropriate organizations, specific to their individual health needs and concerns. “The city will be able to alleviate a substantial tax burden and in the process help benefit the local nonprofit hospitals in providing extended services for residents,” stated Jay Terry, Evanston director of Health and Human Services. “These services will help residents create long-term relationships with local medical facilities and the doctors associated with them.”

Evanston’s Department of Health and Human Services will continue offering:
• Birth/Death Certificates
• Children’s Dental Clinic
• Commission on Aging
• Community Intervention Services
• Food and Environmental Health Services
• Mental Health Services and
• The Division of Environmental Health Services will also continue its testing of beach water and for West Nile Virus.

Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (ENH), Saint Francis Hospital, Access Community Health Network’s Evanston-Rogers Park Family Health Center, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and the Childcare Network of Evanston, are all working to expand and enhance medical services provided to area residents. “The more Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and the community connect, the stronger and healthier both will become,” said Mark Schroeder, Director of Community Relations at ENH. “Toward this end, we welcomed the opportunity to help fill the void and assist families and students from our community receive the necessary back-to-school physicals.” This cooperative spirit between numerous healthcare facilities and the City of Evanston is helping to streamline community health procedures and demands, while city referrals will be able to alleviate the redundancy or confusion associated with where to go for medical service.

ENH and Saint Francis are committed members of the Evanston community, administrating to the healthcare needs of residents for over a century. Many of those needs have translated local commitment into pioneering wonders. In 1957, Saint Francis opened its Heart Center and within a year performed the first open-heart surgery in Illinois. Now, the ‘Heart Hospital’ is still growing and committed to the community’s quality of life. As the city reevaluates community needs, these local pioneers step up to help and administer to residents in their daily lives. “When the city decided to reevaluate the services it offered, we agreed to help,” said Margo Schafer, director of marketing at Saint Francis. “With the city’s health department focussing more toward referral services, many residents will be turning to us and other healthcare providers for their standard medical needs. One such need we have already adopted from the city is that of school immunizations.” School physicals and child immunizations will be supplied by both hospitals, along with the Access Community Health Network’s Evanston-Rogers Park Family Health Center, which will also diagnosis and treat sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Certified professionals at Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and the Childcare Network of Evanston will provide vision/hearing screenings and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), funded by the State of Illinois, will be the new provider for family case management and future tuberculosis screenings.

Services now offered by many of these local healthcare facilities include:
• family case management/home visits,
• family planning service,
• lab services,
• school physicals/child immunizations,
• sexually transmitted disease (STD) diagnosis and treatment,
• tuberculosis screening and
• vision/hearing screenings.

Through community cooperation and commitment, Evanston is able to offer a strategic focus toward healthcare accessibility as a prescription to life.

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