Local access to a regional health resource will soon become a reality for the Streator community thanks to the efforts of OSF HealthCare. Officials with the LaSalle County Health Department confirmed they have plans to launch a satellite clinic for two of their programs, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Family Case Management in the Streator area.
With a confirmed location and plans to start with a limited schedule, the office will open its doors on Tuesday, February 21.
“As part of our commitment to the people of Streator and providing a transformed vision for health care in a rural setting, we have identified the need to strengthen our community partnerships,” said Ken Beutke, president for OSF Center for Health – Streator.
“Providing safe and quality health care isn’t just limited to what we, as health care professionals, can offer,” agreed Don Damron, Vice-President Ambulatory Services for the facility. “Many of the factors for achieving health and wellness rely upon having access to a number of support agencies and services.”
Recognizing that OSF could not create a culture for better health in Streator on its own, the organization began looking for ways to partner with other agencies to ensure access to services closer to home. With their plans to renovate the existing OSF Center for Health site at 111 Spring St. came the idea to offer space for other agencies to “co-locate” under one roof.
“It doesn’t make sense for us to move the health department’s satellite clinic directly into this building as we begin to shuffle departments around to accommodate our upcoming renovation,” said Damron. “As we work toward that future vision, it made more sense for them to locate in the medical office building just west of the facility until construction is complete.”
Known by some as the “Medical Arts Building,” the structure located at 104 6th St. was one that transitioned to OSF ownership when HSHS exited the community. The health department’s satellite clinic will reside here in Suite 201 and plans to offer family case management services as well as the popular WIC program.
In nearby Suite 200, another health-related partnership blossoms. With ties to the building dating back to 2011, the American Cancer Society Patient Resource Center currently utilizes OSF HealthCare space for its operation as well.
“We’re pleased to partner with both of these organizations and are hoping to bring others on board in the future,” said Beutke. “The people of Streator truly stand to benefit from these efforts.”
About LaSalle County Health Department: Through a grant funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) LaSalle County Health Department offers client based comprehensive Family Case Management (FCM) services and support to pregnant women, infants and children. This program focuses on promoting healthy families through education, screenings, assessments, referrals, and other services based on client need.
The goals of the Family Case Management Program are to:
- Provide access to primary health care
- Identify and resolve service barriers
- Provide health education
- Reduce infant mortality and morbidity
- Reduce very low and low birth rates
The mission of the LaSalle County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, which is also funded by IDHS, is to improve the health status of women, infants, and children; to reduce the incidence of infant mortality, premature births and low birth weights; and to aid in the development of children. This program serves income eligible pregnant, post-partum, breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age five years. The WIC program provides health screening, nutrition education and counseling, and supplemental foods including formula for infants.
About American Cancer Society’s Patient Resource Center: 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.