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Kish takes over Tri-County Clinic

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 11:19 a.m. CDT

MALTA – Northern Illinois University has transferred ownership of Tri-County Community Health Center in Malta to KishHealth System’s Center for Family Health.

The facility on the Kishwaukee College campus closed for remodeling and has re-opened as Center for Family Health-Malta.

“Center for Family Health has given the interior of the building a facelift with new flooring, fresh paint, wall art and furnishings to make it more welcoming to patients,” said Shelly Johnson, Center for Family Health director.

Johnson said the center will be staffed by Michele Roberts, a physician assistant with 20 years’ experience, and NIU nurse practitioners Sharon Boude and Pat Braun. Dr. Christine Weis, a family medicine physician with KishHeath Physician Group, will work at the clinic part-time. She has a full-time practice in Genoa.

The clinic will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Friday.

Center for Family Health, formerly Community Cares Clinic, provides access to primary and same-day care to patients on insurance, Medicaid and those who do not have health insurance. A sliding fee scale is used based on income.

The Malta facility will be the second location for Center for Family Health, which recently moved from DeKalb to 165 E. Plank Road in Sycamore.

Joe Dant, KishHealth System’s vice president of business development and chair of the Center for Family Health Board, said Center for Family Health has grown beyond expectations since opening in 2009.

“The center is meeting a huge need in our area. Being in Malta allows us to extend our reach to another portion of our region that has limited access to primary health care; and remaining on the Kish College campus allows the center to continue to serve students and faculty and to be a clinical training site for Kish College and NIU students,” Dant said.

Derryl Block, dean of NIU’s College of Health and Human Sciences, said the change is exciting. “Under KishHealth System’s leadership, the clinic will remain an outstanding training ground for our students, and it will be better able to provide comprehensive healthcare to those who rely upon it.”

Tom Choice, president of Kishwaukee College, said he is pleased to partner with the health system.

“(The clinic) is a critical provider of quality, affordable health care for many in our district, and is especially convenient for the hundreds of employees and thousands of students who come to the college each day,” he said.

Kish College will continue to provide the clinic’sspace, utilities and custodial support and snow removal.

The original Community Cares Clinic was a joint project of the health system, NIU and community philanthropists. The health system has since assumed sole responsibility for operations and fundraising. Services provided at both the Malta and Sycamore locations are primary care for adults, children and infants, annual physicals (including pap smears and breast exams), well child exams, routine care for infants, sick care, immunizations, school and sports physicals, and English and Spanish bilingual staff.

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