New name, address for clinic

SYCAMORE – The Community Cares Clinic has been renamed the Center for Family Health and has moved to a new location at 165 E. Plank Road in Sycamore, the former DeKalb Clinic North building. The new location opened Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The Community Cares Clinic opened in August 2009 at Northern Illinois University’s Family Health, Wellness and Literacy Center on Sycamore Road. The clinic, which provides routine health care to infants, children and adults with insurance, without insurance and on Medicaid, was a collaboration between KishHealth System, private donors and NIU.

“We simply outgrew our space in the NIU facility, and decided to take advantage of the space available at the Plank Road building, which the health system purchased last year,” said Joseph Dant, vice president of business development for the health system and chair of the Center for Family Health Board.

“The name change was prompted to better represent our service to the community and patients. We are not a walk-in clinic, but a medical home, by appointment, for our patients, whether it be well child checks, managing chronic health problems or treating people when they’re ill.”

As a convenience, well child visits and immunizations will be done once a week at the DeKalb County Health Department by Center for Family Health providers. Appointments also can be made at the Plank Road facility.

Transportation to the facility is available on the TransVAC Blue Line. Patients can also arrange to have TransVAC pick them up from their home. Transportation registration forms are available at the Center for Family Health and the health department or by calling VAC at 815-758-6641.

The Center for Family Health has had more than 20,000 visits over the past three years, and two family medicine physicians were added. In addition, a physician assistant and two nurse practitioners see patients.

Dant said the collaboration with NIU will continue with the Center for Family Health serving as a clinical training site for NIU students.

Center for Family Health services include annual physicals, well child exams, routine care for infants, sick care, school and sports physicals. A laboratory is onsite for basic tests and staff is bilingual in English and Spanish. New patients are being accepted. Appointments can be made by calling 815-752-3253.

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