Ribbon cutting to celebrate expanded health care options in Gage Park, West Elsdon

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the launch of a new health collaborative partnership and the opening of the- 55th & Pulaski Health Collaborative , a comprehensive clinical care center in Chicago’s Gage Park and West Elsdon communities.

The collaborative, formed with a $15 million- Healthcare Transformation Collaboratives -award from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, is the first of eight inaugural Illinois HFS-funded collaborative projects to operationalize. It brings together several partners to provide specialty care and advanced diagnostic, mental health and women’s wellness services to the city’s Southwest Side.


Friday, May 20
10:30 a.m.


55th & Pulaski Health Collaborative Clinic
5525 S. Pulaski Road


Leaders from the University of Illinois Chicago and its health system, UI Health, will welcome leaders from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and other partners in the partnership. A clinic tour will follow remarks by:

  • UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis.
  • Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Assistant Director Jenny Aguirre.
  • UIC Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Dr. Robert Barish.
  • Friend Family Health Center CEO Verneda Bachus.
  • Alivio Medical Center CEO Esther Corpuz.
  • UIC College of Applied Health Sciences Professor and Associate Head of Physical Therapy Shane Phillips.
  • UIC College of Medicine Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs Dr. Heather Prendergast.
  • UIC College of Medicine Executive Dean Dr. Mark Rosenblatt.

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