To determine the needs of the community, leaders facilitated town hall meetings, utilized direct mailing, distributed surveys and developed a committee dedicated to creating a healthy community. Ideas have also been gleaned from other successful, innovative rural health care delivery models. This has led to the redesign of OSF Center for Health – Streator, as it transforms into a hub that focuses more on health and wellness rather than being a facility that cares only for the sick.
A Hub for Healthy Living
The organization has enlisted a variety of community-based agencies to co-locate within Center for Health, making the facility a convenient space for health and wellness needs. Current partnerships include:
American Cancer Society's Patient Resource Center
Since 2011, the American Cancer Society's Patient Resource Center has been located in Suite 200 of the OSF HealthCare "Medical Arts Building" located just west of the OSF HealthCare Center for Health - Streator at 104 6th Street. Staffed and operated by volunteers, many of whom are cancer survivors themselves, the Patient Resource Center is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Services including a wig boutique and educational materials are available to cancer patients from anywhere within the county.
The wig boutique has over 200 wigs in stock so a patient can walk out, same day, with a wig. Two local hair stylists also provide free styling of the wigs, if needed, by appointment. Among other items that are available to patients and families are hats, scarves, breast pillows, and a wide array of educational materials on all types of cancers. This includes information on nutrition as well as how to talk to your doctor and family about the journey a cancer patient must take.
LaSalle County Health Department
In February of 2017, the LaSalle County Health Department opened a satellite clinic for two of their programs – Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Family Case Management (FCM) in Suite 201 of the OSF HealthCare "Medical Arts Building" located just west of the OSF HealthCare Center for Health - Streator at 104 6th Street. Both the FCM and WIC programs are funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services. The FCM program focuses on promoting healthy families through education, screenings, assessments, referrals, and other services based on client need. The WIC program serves income eligible pregnant, post-partum, breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age five years. The WIC program provides health screenings, nutrition education and counseling, and supplemental foods including formula for infants.
North Central Behavioral Health Systems
In November of 2017, North Central Behavioral Health Systems opened an office co-located in the basement of OSF HealthCare Center for Health - Streator. North Central Behavioral Health Systems is a nonprofit corporation providing a wide variety of community education, prevention, mental health, and substance treatment services through ten service location facilities in Central and North Central Illinois as well as intensive home and community-based and related services. The organization serves over five thousand patients per year from more than one hundred communities in La Salle, Bureau, Putnam, Marshall, Stark, Fulton and McDonough Counties
Additional Community Partners
In addition to partnerships housed at the OSF HealthCare Center for Health – Streator, we are also partnering with other organizations within the community on programs that improve the health and wellness of our community. Those partners include:
Streator Family YMCA
In May of 2017, Streator Family YMCA and OSF HealthCare announced a $1,000,000 contribution from OSF HealthCare in support of programs that impact health and wellness of the communities the YMCA serves. Utilizing the funding, the YMCA has broken ground on renovations including the addition of a 3,400 square foot wellness center and a 1,100 square foot “kid zone” with renovations slated for completion in October of 2018.
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