May 3, 2023
Gov. Pritzker Speaks at PCC Steinmetz Clinic about the Recertification Process
After Three Years of Continuous Medicaid Coverage Requirement during Global Pandemic
Ensuring quality health insurance for all Illinoisans
Oak Park, IL -- Gov. Pritzker held a press conference yesterday at PCC Community Wellness Center at Steinmetz, 3030 North Mobile Avenue, to encourage Illinois Medicaid customers to complete renewals to ensure continued coverage as Federal Pandemic-era policies end.
During the meeting, President and CEO Toni Bush gave a heartwarming speech about growing up as a single parent in high school on public assistance.
“I was a high school student raising a child at 16 and receiving Medicaid. Receiving assistance helped me to raise my daughter, complete my high school and college education, and put me on track to become the CEO of PCC. I am forever grateful for Medicaid and all the other services I received during that time.” Bush said.
The governor reassured Illinoisans there would not be a “coverage cliff,” where everyone loses coverage at one time. Instead, redeterminations will happen on a rolling basis through mid-2024, and all Illinois Medicaid customers’ due dates will be different so that every customer can go through the redetermination process.
Other program participants included Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (78th), Theresa Eagleson, director of HFS, Sen. Omar Aquino (D-Chicago), CPS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sofia Adaway, IDHS Secretary Grace Hou, and Steinmetz ROTC students Trenton Hanson and Josiah Navarro. Hanson and Navarro are also patients at the PCC Steinmetz Clinic.
The entire process will begin as early as next week. For more information, Medicaid customers can call 1-800-843-6154 or visit abe.illinois.gov and select “Manage My Case” to set up an online account. Once there, customers can verify, update and check their eligibility status. New registrants can apply for the first time at Medicaid.illinois.gov.
May 9, 2022
PCC Community Wellness Center is breaking ground on a new $19.5 million
Primary Care Pavilion in support of Lightfoot’s Invest South-West Initiative
New expansion to create jobs, enhance COVID-19 services,
and offer care coordination to local residents
Chicago, IL -- PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) is breaking ground on a new Primary Care Pavilion estimated at $19.5 million. The new building is a collaboration between the Cook County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA), PCC, and Alderman Emma Mitts (37th Ward). It will be in support of Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Invest South-West Initiative to address the social determinants of health on the greater west side of Chicago. The new pavilion will offer primary care, integrated behavioral health, care coordination and substance use treatment. The plan includes ways to stimulate economic growth for the Austin community by creating new jobs in specific allied health and administrative professions.
"We are pleased to partner with PCC, the Mayor’s Office, the City of Chicago, and the Cook County Land Bank Authority on this project. It has always been my mission to build a healthy community on the West Side. Bringing a program of this magnitude to the people in this community will restore hope, health, and the economy," said Ald. Emma Mitts.
“We understand that health is wealth. The PCC Primary Care Pavilion represents our vision for improving the medical care rendered to the communities we serve,” PCC’s Board Chair, Dr. Carolyn Fitzpatrick, said.
Austin is one of many South and West Side communities participating in the Invest South-West Initiative. The new facility will be located in Austin on the south side of Lake Street, between Lotus and Pine, and will span five parcels of land from the CCLBA. The projected buildout will be approximately 36,525 square feet and will offer affordable coordination and team-based care, and reduced-cost plans to Austin residents. Health care services at the proposed campus include primary health care, integrated behavioral health, dental, and specialty services identified as high need in the community.
In collaboration with other Austin community organizations, the clinic will offer wellness programs such as a community garden/urban farm, a lifestyle center with exercise equipment and classes, and workforce development programming. In addition, the facility will expand access to COVID-19 services to Austin residents.
The new building will be WELL-certified, a certification program offered by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™). WELL is an integration of scientific and medical research and literature on environmental health, behavioral factors, health outcomes, and demographic risk factors that affect health with leading practices in building design, construction, and management. IWBI invited PCC to pilot its most impactful program and become one of the country's first WELL-certified campuses.
In addition to the Well certification, PCC upholds its longstanding commitment to green buildings by pursuing a dual certification through the Green Globes program, administered by the Green Building Initiative (GBI). WELL buildings support increased productivity, higher engagement, overall occupant happiness, and a substantial reduction in energy use and water consumption.
"At PCC, one of our core values is our commitment to remain patient-focused. This center is our way of providing high-quality culturally sensitive care that is compassionate and driven by the needs of the communities we serve," said Toni Bush, President and CEO of PCC.
The entire project will cost around $19.5 million with more than half of the funding coming from the PCC Foundation. The project is also eligible for the New Markets Tax Credit program, and additional government and private funding.
Supporting partners include 37th Ward Ald. Emma Mitts, 37th Ward, Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (8th), Congressman Danny K. Davis (D), Toni Bush, President and CEO, PCC Community Wellness Center, Eleanor Gorski, Executive Director, Cook County Land Bank Authority, and Darlene Dugo, Deputy Director at the Cook County Land Bank Authority.
“The opening of a new community healthcare center in the Austin community is another example of the continuing use of public resources being used in our communities across the nation to bring healthcare to the people. Congratulations to PCC for its sterling leadership in healthcare resources to the community. PCC has been an outstanding entity in the health community for many years and I look forward to the continuation of its great work,” said Congressman Danny K. Davis.
“The Cook County Land Bank Authority is delighted to partner with PCC and the City of Chicago to transform vacant parcels of land into high-quality healthcare facilities for West Side communities. CCLBA enables impactful land development that meets the needs of the surrounding community and we are excited to help PCC care for more patients in Austin,” said Eleanor Gorski, Executive Director of the Cook County Land Bank Authority.
The PCC Primary Care Pavilion will commence with an official groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, May 16, 2022, at the PCC Austin Family Health Center, 5425 West Lake Street (Lotus and Lake), at 11 a.m. The event is open to the community.
About PCC Community Wellness Center
PCC Community Wellness Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center that operates 14 locations primarily serving the Chicago Westside communities of Austin, Belmont-Cragin, Dunning, East Garfield Park, Hermosa, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Montclare, North Lawndale, Portage Park, West Garfield Park, and West Town and the near west suburbs of Bellwood, Berwyn, Cicero, Maywood, Melrose Park, and Oak Park. PCC provides comprehensive primary care services as well as behavioral health and oral health services. In Fiscal Year 2021, PCC served over 47,000 patients providing over 175,00 patient visits. To learn more, visit pccwellness.org/locations.
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Friday afternoons | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
PCC South Family Health Center
6201 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, IL 60402
Sessions focus on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based approach to positive change and personal development:
• How we think about ourselves in our world
• What we do to survive and to thrive
• What we expect of ourselves and others
The group is open to any male patient, 18 years or older. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the group is limited to a maximum of seven patients per session.
To sign up, please ask your PCC medical or behavioral health provider, or call Peter Chapman, LCSW at (773) 295-3060.
Bianca Cervantes is a Licensed Professional Counselor at PCC. She received her Master's of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in 2017. She completed her undergraduate degree at Chicago State University, majoring in Psychology. Bianca completed an internship at the Pediatric Developmental Center at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. She formed part of the Latino Mental Health Program at the center that provided individual therapy to children with Autism and other psychological disorders. Bianca co-facilitated parenting psychoeducation therapy groups and has experience working in a private practice providing therapy to a diverse population of patients. Her professional interests include autism, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time reading, traveling, and spending time with family.
In the abundance of caution, PCC has decided to postpone our 10th Annual Fundraising Gala in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). We believe it is in the best interest of our staff and supporters; your health and safety are our highest priority. To that end, we have chosen to postpone the gala to a future date to be determined.
As always, we appreciate your dedication to PCC. In our efforts to provide high quality and affordable care to an underserved population, all contributions have been invaluable. We look forward to seeing PCC staff, friends, and supporters at our future fundraising gala.
Caroline Heller is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist. She received her Master's of Arts degree in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. She completed her undergraduate degree at Saginaw Valley State University, majoring in Fine Arts, with a minor in Psychology. Caroline completed her clinical training at Mercy Housing Lakefront and at the Rice Child and Family Center. Before coming to PCC, she worked in health care for over 10 years. While working towards her bachelor's, she was a mental health worker in an inpatient unit. Caroline's post-graduate work consists of working as an Expressive Therapist at Streamwood Hospital, a Community Support Specialist at Thresholds, and as a Care Coordinator at Illinicare Health. She's also helped develop mental health programming at Connections for the Homeless. Caroline is also a mixed media artist. She loves to sing and is learning to play guitar. She enjoys reading, exploring nature, and spending time with family.
Join this confidential patient support group every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
What is it? The group RISE will focus on psychoeducation and skill-building utilizing the four modules of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): 1. Mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. We do mindfulness at the beginning and end of each session. We cover a skill handout and discuss.
When/Where is it? Tuesdays 1-2pm via Webex
This group can help you:
Consider joining if you are 18+ and experience:
Ready to join? Ask your provider or front desk staff for more info. Or call Bella Pecyna, Behavioral Health Consultant, at 773-378-3347 ext. 4252.
Do you have depression, anxiety, or stress?
Join our group on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. over the phone with Carlos Cantu, Behavioral Health Consultant.
To register, or for more information, please call Carlos Cantu, Behavioral Health Consultant and Leader of this group at (708) 292-8261.
¿Tienes depresión, ansiedad, o el estrés?
Únete a nuestro grupo cada miércoles de 7:00 p.m. a 8:00 p.m. por telefono con Carlos Cantu, Asesor de Salud Mental.
Este grupo promueve...
Para registrarse, o para obtener más información, llame Carlos Cantu, Asesor de Salud Mental y líder de este grupo al (708) 292-8261.
Every Saturday--live and online!
10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
All YogaCare community classes continue weekly on Saturdays--just online!
Wondering how to join?
Do you have to be a PCC patient to join?
No! All are welcome to join us for yoga. Friends, family, children, and neighbors, no prior experience with yoga is required.PCC Austin Family Health Center (In-person classes are cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19 precautions)5425 West Lake StreetChicago, IL 60644
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