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Lee Remarks (2)Erie Family Health Center, a provider of high quality health services to underserved communities, will open a new location on the campus of Swedish Covenant Hospital in the Foster Medical Pavilion, 5215 N. California Avenue, on July 1.


Erie Foster Avenue Health Center will provide patients with comprehensive primary care and dental services and also serve as a training site for Swedish Covenant medical residents, allowing them to practice in a community-oriented health setting. The new health center will expand health care services at Swedish Covenant Hospital by an estimated 31,000 patient visits.


“While Erie relies on hospital partners to provide wraparound services at our other locations, this is our first health center located directly on a hospital campus,” said Dr. Lee Francis, President and CEO, Erie Family Health Center. “It will allow us to create a new model of care for uninsured and under-insured patients by increasing access to integrated health services.”


Patients treated in the emergency department at Swedish Covenant Hospital who have no medical home will be referred to Erie for their future primary care health needs. And Swedish Covenant Hospital will accept referrals from Erie to provide specialty services, diagnostic testing and hospitalization.


“Not only does Swedish Covenant Hospital’s partnership with Erie increase access to health care services in our community, it provides a continuum of training for our medical residents, increases access to specialty care services and, ultimately, provides a medical home for individuals and families,” said Mark Newton, CEO, Swedish Covenant Hospital. “It also has created 122 jobs with annual wages and benefits of nearly $7.6 million.”


The collaboration also means Erie Family Health Center and Swedish Covenant Hospital are training the next generation of primary care providers. Nearly 50 million people lack access to primary care because of a physician shortage, while fewer medical students are choosing careers in primary care, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Swedish Covenant Hospital is located in a federally designated “Health Professional Shortage Area” for primary care and mental health care for low-income residents and designated as a medically underserved area.

Physicians trained in health centers are more than three times as likely to work in a community health center and more than twice as likely to work in an underserved area than those not trained at health centers, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration.


“We thank Governor Quinn and the Illinois state legislature, including a special recognition to our district legislators State Representative Greg Harris and State Senator Heather Steans, Mayor Emanuel, the Chicago City Council, Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development, the Chicago Development Fund Board and their tireless staff who, along with Chase, have made it possible to construct the Foster Medical Pavilion,” said Newton.

Chicago Development Fund (CDF), a non-profit entity controlled by the City of Chicago and managed by the Department of Housing and Economic Development (DHED), partnered with Chase to provide the project with $4 million in equity through an allocation of $13,750,000 in New Markets Tax Credits. “Financing for the Erie Family Health Center portion of the Foster Medical Pavilion illustrates CDF’s commitment to support community facilities that deliver vital services to low-income communities throughout the City of Chicago,” said DHED Commissioner and CDF President Andrew J. Mooney.


“In expanding access to quality health care services, Swedish Covenant and Erie Family Health Center are investing in the lives of people in the community,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Health care is a growing field in Chicago with a critical need for increased services, and facilities like this help our economy grow while improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”


“The Erie Family Health Center is a wonderful example of what we can accomplish when we have the strong public/private partnership that we have with this team,” said Kevin Goldsmith, Chase Community Development Banking. “Not only will the center provide essential medical services to community residents, but the health center will be an employer and role model in the community.”


Erie Foster Avenue Health Center will offer children and teen care, adult and senior care, oral health services for children, chronic disease management and behavioral health services. All patients and services at Erie Helping Hands Dental Center, 4747 N. Kedzie Ave., will be relocated to Erie Foster Avenue Health Center and the dental services will be expanded.


About Erie Family Health Center

Founded on Erie Street in Chicago in 1957, Erie Family Health Center is a community health center that provides high-quality, compassionate health care services. Serving more than 43,000 patients at 13 centers throughout the city and surrounding suburbs, Erie delivers comprehensive primary medical and dental care that responds to the needs of each community. Erie’s highly skilled providers, innovative partnerships and forward-thinking approach make it a national leader for the provision of community-based health care.

About Swedish Covenant Hospital

Swedish Covenant Hospital is a comprehensive health care facility providing health and wellness services to Chicago’s North and Northwest side communities. Its 312 bed hospital is one of the few independent, nonprofit hospitals in the area. More than 550 physicians and 2,400 employees remain focused on the hospital’s mission of providing compassionate, high quality care in a healing environment. An established teaching hospital, Swedish Covenant Hospital offers a range of medical programs, including the latest cardiac, cancer, orthopedic, surgical, women’s health, back health and emergency services.  Additionally, Swedish Covenant Hospital serves as a model for health care IT adoption and continually acquires advanced technologies to ensure the highest quality treatment and diagnostics for patients. For more information, please visit


About Chicago Development Fund

Chicago Development Fund (CDF) is a non-profit corporation controlled by the City of Chicago that provides capital to qualifying projects and businesses that serve low-income communities through the use of New Markets Tax Credits. CDF was founded by the City of Chicago in 2005 and has been awarded $238 million in New Markets Tax Credits by the U.S. Treasury Department since 2006. CDF utilizes its allocation to invest in projects that produce significant positive community impacts, including job-creating business and industrial expansions, grocery-anchored retail in underserved areas, and community facilities that deliver vital services. For more information, please visit


About Chase

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves more than 50 million consumers and small businesses through more than 5,600 bank branches, 18,700 ATMs, credit cards, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships. More information about Chase is available at