We're in this together.
UI Health Integration...
CHECK is integrated into the larger UI Health enterprise. CHECK has access to the UIC and UI Health resources, including pediatricians and sub-specialty physicians, nurses, and other faculty and staff. Not all CHECK patients receive their care at UI Health, however the CHECK staff have access to resources for all CHECK patients. The UI Health enterprise is the state's largest public healthcare provider, with over 500,000 patient visits at the hospital and clinics.
Working for the Community...
The UI Health primary service area (PSA) covers approximately 2 million people, which includes many of the poorest communities in Cook County. UI Health’s PSA is comprised of 24 of the 77 total community areas in the city of Chicago. Compared to the overall city of Chicago, the UI Health PSA has a predominantly minority population, lower levels of education, and higher levels of unemployment, poverty, and violence. For example, 21 of the 24 community areas in the UI Health PSA have a minority population greater than 75%. In addition, 22 had a lower average median household income compared to the city of Chicago. In 2014, several community areas in the UI Health PSA had homicide rates that were three times higher than Chicago. In general, the community areas in the UI Health PSA are struggling with multiple social and economic challenges. The majority of our patients, more than 70 percent, represent minority and under-served groups. UI Health is the Chicago site for the largest ongoing study of Hispanic health to date. The multi-city study has revealed a unique set of health risk factors and insights into the prevalence of certain diseases. Take a look at the UI Health Community Assessment of Needs (UI-CAN) to find out more.
Making a Better Future for Healthcare...
The partnership between UIC College of Medicine and UI Health advances medical education, biomedical research, and compassionate clinical care for patients throughout Illinois, the nation and world. The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) is dedicated to the mission of health equity. In collaboration with our academic partners, our mission is to advance healthcare to improve the health of our patients and communities, promote health equity and develop the next generations of healthcare leaders. By combining our unique combination of clinical care, education, and research to provide high-value personalized healthcare and improve the overall health of the communities we serve, UI Health promotes healthier communities for a healthier city.
The University of Illinois College of Medicine manages medical training in Chicago as well as regional sites in Rockford, Peoria and Urbana, and maintains one of the most robust rural medicine programs in the country. Our College of Medicine trains one out of every six physicians in Illinois and, to our knowledge, graduates more underrepresented physicians than any other medical school in the country. The College of Medicine annually trains approximately 2,500 medical students and residents.
And More Importantly for Our Patients
The Department of Pediatrics at UIC College of Medicine and the clinical team at Children's Hospital University of Illinois (CHUI), part of UI Health, are dedicated to every aspect of care for our youngest patients. The Department of Pediatrics has world class pediatricians and nurses who provide compassionate care to more than 16,000 children annually, with approximately 44,000 out-patient visits and 3,900 admissions to CHUI. Over 70% of the children we treat reside in medically under-served areas of the city and are recipients of Medicaid. Providing best in class healthcare to those who have been historically under-served is central to the mission of UI Health and the College of Medicine.