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What Erie Wants You To Know About Coronavirus
Erie Family Health Centers is working hard, working carefully, and working quickly to make sure we are keeping our patients and healthcare providers safe, while still making sure that you can still access the healthcare that you need.
If you are sick, PLEASE CALL Erie first. DO NOT WALK IN to an Erie health center without calling ahead to 312.666.3494.
If you have an appointment scheduled, you must come by yourself if possible. If you need support, or the patient is under 18, you may bring no more than one healthy adult with you.
Patients and their guests arriving at Erie health centers will be screened at the door.
Erie is now offering telehealth appointments for some types of visits. This will allow you to speak to a healthcare provider over the phone or on a video chat. When you call Erie to schedule an appointment, the representative who answers your call will let you know if a telehealth visit is an option for you.
Erie provides care for ALL people – people with or without insurance, and people with or without legal immigration status.
Illinois is Under a “Shelter in Place” Order starting on Saturday, March 21. Why? What does that mean?
The State of Illinois is taking this step to help prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19. It means that all residents of Illinois need to stay home and avoid any unnecessary travel or business.
While “shelter in place order” sounds dramatic, to many of us in Illinois who have already been following advice to stay at home and only travel out when necessary, like to work or to the grocery store, this new situation probably won’t feel much different.
You are still allowed to:
-See a medical provider, or pick up prescription medications
-Shop for groceries, food and home supplies, and pet food and supplies
-Go to the gas station, bank or laundromat
-Pick up take-out food from a restaurant offering that service
-Care for a family member or other dependent in another household
-Go outside and exercise, walk, run or walk the dog, as long as you stay 6 -feet away from anyone else
-Go to work at an essential business
The shelter-in-place order also does not apply to people going to work at a business that is considered to be “essential”. Essential businesses include:
-Health care operations, including home health workers
-Essential Infrastructure, including construction of housing and operation of public transportation and utilities
-Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, food banks, convenience stores
-Businesses that provide necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals and shelter facilities
-Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities
-Gas stations and auto repair facilities
-Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses
-Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning
-Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers
-Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences
-Restaurants providing delivery or carry-out
-Child care facilities providing services that enable essential employees to go to work
-Roles required for any essential business to “maintain basic operations,” which include security, payroll and similar activities.
Erie’s healthcare providers thank you for continuing to follow instructions like these, stay home as much as possible, and help us prevent our communities and loved ones from getting sick!
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
The symptoms are similar to flu or pneumonia and can include cough, fever and shortness of breath. Unlike the flu, the coronavirus usually does not cause a runny or stuffy nose, diarrhea or vomiting. A person with coronavirus typically has symptoms between 2 and 9 days after they were exposed to the virus.
What should I do if I am worried that I or a family member might have coronavirus?
If you believe that you were exposed to someone confirmed to have coronavirus, OR have traveled outside of the country or within the US in the last 14 days AND have a fever AND respiratory symptoms…
CALL ERIE at 312.666.3494 to discuss your symptoms with our team of healthcare providers.
PLEASE DO NOT WALK INTO THE HEALTH CENTER
WITHOUT CALLING AHEAD.
Am I at risk?
Coronavirus continues to spread in Illinois, and no one is immune. The following groups of people are at a higher risk:
A person who has recently traveled outside of the U.S. or to certain areas of the US that have high rates of infection: Washington, Massachusetts, New York or California. A person who has had close contact with someone confirmed to have coronavirus.
The following groups of people are at a higher risk of severe illness if they are exposed to coronavirus:
-Anyone with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure
-Older adults (greater than age 60)
How can I protect myself and my family?
As much as possible, stay at home and avoid group gatherings.
If you need to go out, keep 6 feet of distance between people, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. You can measure this by singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. Use hand sanitizer when soap is not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or in your elbow, and throw away used tissue.
Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces in your home like door knobs, light switches and counter tops.
Limit unnecessary travel, especially for those at higher risk of severe illness
Stay home if you are sick!
You may have read about or see people wearing masks when they are out in public. There is no need to wear a mask if you are not sick. It is much better to save any safety equipment like masks for the medical providers and sick people who need them.
What is Erie doing to prepare for the virus?
Erie is closely following instructions from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and our local public health leaders. We are making sure all of our staff have the most current information and instructions for how to keep our health centers clean and our patients and staff safe and healthy. We are updating our instructions frequently, as new information comes out.
What if I need a note to return to work or school?
Erie is not offering coronavirus testing to fulfill work or school clearances. Anyone who has been sick recently can call Erie 72 hours after your symptoms completely go away (feeling 100%) to receive a note. If you have never been sick and your employer or school is requesting documentation that you are not at risk for transmitting COVID-19, Erie is unable to provide that.
I have more questions – where can I get answers?
If you are not sick, and you do not have any of the risk factors for coronavirus, but have general questions, please call one of these community hotlines:
Chicago residents: Call the Chicago Department of Public Health hotline at 312.746.4835
Illinois residents who live outside of Chicago: Call the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 800.889.3931 or email email@example.com
If you are sick and have traveled recently or been close to someone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus, please call 312.666.3494 to discuss your symptoms with a member of Erie’s healthcare team.
PLEASE DO NOT WALK INTO THE HEALTH CENTER WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL FIRST.
Erie will continue to keep you up to date as we learn more.
Lo que Erie quiere que sepa acerca del Coronavirus
Los Centros de Salud Erie están trabajando arduamente, trabajando cuidadosamente y trabajando rápido para asegurarse de que mantenemos a nuestros pacientes y proveedores de salud a salvo, mientras nos estamos asegurando que usted puede tener acceso a la atención médica que usted necesita.
Si usted se encuentra enfermo, POR FAVOR llame primero a Erie. NO SE PRESENTE EN PERSONA a los Centros de Salud Erie sin haber llamado con anticipación al 312.666. 3494.
Si usted tiene una cita programada y le es posible venga solo/a. Si necesita ayuda, o el paciente es menor de 18 años puede traer solamente a un adulto saludable.
Pacientes y sus acompañantes serán evaluados en la puerta.
Erie ahora está ofreciendo citas telesalud para algunas consultas. Esto le permitirá hablar con su proveedor de salud por teléfono o chatear por video. Cuando llame a Erie para programar una cita, el representante que le conteste su llamada le dirá si una consulta telesalud es opción para usted.
Erie provee atención para TODA la gente –a gente con o sin seguro médico, y gente con y sin estatus legal migratorio.
Illinois está bajo orden de “Refugio en Lugar” a partir del sábado. ¿Porque? ¿Qué significa eso?
El estado de Illinois está tomando esta medida para ayudar a prevenir o reducir la propagación de COVID-19. Esto significa que todos los residentes de Illinois necesitan quedarse en casa y evitar cualquier viaje o negocio innecesario.
Mientras la “orden de refugio en lugar” suena dramática, para muchos de nosotros en Illinois quien ha estado siguiendo el consejo de quedarse en casa y solamente salir fuera cuando sea necesario como; al trabajo o al supermercado, esta nueva situación probablemente no se sentirá muy diferente.
Todavía se le permitirá:
-Ver a un proveedor médico o ir a recoger sus medicamentos
-Comprar comestibles, comida y productos para el hogar al igual que comida y suministros para mascotas
-Ir a la gasolinera, banco o lavandería
-Recoger comida para llevar de un restaurante que ofrezca el servicio
-Cuidar de un familiar o de algún otro miembro de otro hogar
-Salir fuera para ejercitarse, caminar, correr o caminar a su perro, mientras permanezca a 6 pies de distancia de alguien mas
-Ir a trabajar a un negocio esencial
La orden de refugio en lugar no es aplicable a gente que trabaja en un negocio considerado ser “esencial”. Un negocio esencial incluye:
-Operación de atención médica, incluyendo empleados de atención medica domiciliaria.
-Infraestructura esencial, incluyendo construcción de casas y operaciones de transportación pública y servicios públicos.
-Supermercados, mercados agrícolas, bancos de alimentos y tiendas
-Negocios que proveen las necesidades vitales para los individuos que están en desventaja económica y en alberges.
-Farmacias, tienda de materiales para cuidados de la salud y centros de atención a la salud
-Gasolineras e instalaciones para reparación de autos
-Ferreterías, plomeros, electricistas y otros servicios que proveen lo necesario para mantener la función, seguridad, sanidad y esencial de las residencias y otros negocios esenciales
-Instituciones educacionales, para el propósito de facilitar aprendizaje a distancia
-Lavanderías, tintorerías y proveedores de servicio de lavandería
-Negocios que envían y entregan comestibles, comida y productos directamente a residencias
-Restaurantes que proveen entregas y comida para llevar
-Instalaciones que proveen cuidado de niños que les permita a empleados esenciales ir a trabar
-Funciones requeridas para cualquier trabajo esencial para “mantener las operaciones básicas”, de las cual incluye seguridad, nómina y actividades similares.
¡Los proveedores de salud de Erie le agradece por continuar siguiendo instrucciones como estas, quédese en casa lo más que pueda, y ayude a prevenir que nuestras comunidades y seres queridos se enfermen!
¿Cuáles son los síntomas del coronavirus?
Los síntomas son similares a los de la gripe o neumonía y estos pueden incluir tos, fiebre y falta de respiración. A diferencia de la gripe, el coronavirus usualmente no causa catarro (escurrimiento nasal) o congestión nasal, diarrea o vomito. Una persona con el coronavirus típicamente tiene síntomas entre 2 a 9 días después de estar expuestos al virus.
¿Qué puedo hacer si estoy preocupado de que yo o un miembro de mi familia pueda tener el coronavirus?
Si usted cree que estuvo expuesto a alguien a quien se le confirmo el coronavirus,
O viajo fuera del país o dentro de los Estados unidos en los últimos 14 días
y tiene fiebre y síntomas respiratorios……..
Llame a Erie al 312.666.3494 para hablar de sus síntomas con nuestro equipo de proveedores de salud.
POR FAVOR NO SE PRESENTE AL CENTRO DE SALUD SIN HABER LLAMADO CON ANTICIPACION.
¿Estoy en riesgo?
El coronavirus continua propagándose en Illinois y nadie es inmune. Los siguientes grupos de personas tienen alto riesgo:
Una persona que viajo recientemente fuera de los Estados Unidos o cierta ares de los Estados Unidos que tiene alto riesgo de infección: Washington, Massachusetts, New York o California.
Una persona que ha estado en contacto cercano con alguien a quien se le confirmo el coronavirus.
Los siguientes grupos de personas están en alto riesgo de desarrollar una enfermedad severa si ellos están expuestos al coronavirus:
-Cualquiera con condiciones crónicas de salud como la diabetes, enfermedades del corazón o alta presión arterial.
-Adultos mayores (mayores de 60 años)
¿Cómo puedo protegerme, y a mi familia?
-Lo más que se pueda, evitar reuniones de grupos grandes.
-Si usted necesita salir, mantenga 6 pies de distancia entre las personas, y evite estar cerca de personas enfermas.
-Cúbrase cuando tosa o estornude con un pañuelo de papel o con su codo, y tire el pañuelo de papel.
-Regularmente limpie y desinfecte las superficies de su hogar como perillas de las puertas, interruptores de luz, y mostradores.
-Limite los viajes innecesarios, especialmente para aquellos de alto riesgo a enfermedades severas.
-¡Quédese en casa si esta enfermo!
Tal vez leyó acerca de o vio personas usando mascarillas cuando salen afuera en público. No hay necesidad de usar mascarilla si usted no está enfermo. Es mucho mejor que guarde cualquier equipo de seguridad como mascarillas para los proveedores médicos y para personas enfermas que lo necesiten.
¿Qué está haciendo Erie en preparase para el virus?
Erie está siguiendo muy de cerca las instrucciones de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) y nuestros funcionarios locales de salud pública. Nos estamos asegurando de que todo nuestro personal tenga la información más actual e instrucciones de cómo mantener nuestros centros de salud limpios y a nuestros pacientes y personal seguros y saludables. Estamos actualizando nuestras instrucciones frecuentemente, así como nos vamos enteramos de nueva información.
¿Tengo más preguntas- donde puedo obtener respuestas?
Si usted no está enfermo, y usted no tiene ninguno de los factores de riesgo para el coronavirus, pero tiene preguntas en general, por favor llame a una de estas líneas directas de la comunidad:
Residentes de Chicago: llamar a la línea directa del Departamento de Salud Pública de Chicago al 312.746.4835
Residentes de Illinois que viven fuera de Chicago: llamar a la línea directa del Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois al: 800.889.3931 o al correo electrónico firstname.lastname@example.org
Si usted está enfermo y ha viajado recientemente o tenido contacto con quien se ha confirmado un caso de coronavirus, por favor llame 312.666.3494 para hablar de sus síntomas con un miembro del equipo de salud de Erie.
FAVOR DE NO SE PRESESENTARSE AL CENTRO DE SALUD SIN CITA. FAVOR DE LLAMAR PRIMERO.
Erie continuara manteniéndolo al tanto así como se va informando.
In February, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 that the new “public charge rule” could indeed go into effect in the state of Illinois. On February 23, the federal government confirmed that the effective date in Illinois – along with the rest of the United States – is February 24th.
Under the new rule, a person applying for a green card or visa could be denied if immigration officials determine that they are using or are likely to use certain public benefits, including some forms of Medicaid, SNAP and/or public housing assistance. The rule does NOT apply to refugees, asylees, pregnant women up to 60 days after birth, children under 21, or any of the applicant’s family members who use Medicaid.
Here is a helpful resource that explains the public charge rule in more detail.
The important things to remember remain the following:
- The public charge rules are complicated and do not apply to most Erie patients. The linked and attached English/Spanish flier includes information about groups exempt from the “public charge” rules, and the contact information for five organizations that provide free or low-cost legal services specifically on this issue. Current Erie patients can also be referred to the Health Justice Project.
- Erie strongly recommends that our patients speak with a legal expert before they make any decisions about their benefits, including Medicaid. Though the new rules do not affect the majority of Erie’s patients, news of their potential impact, combined with continuing anti-immigration policies, are causing fear and anxiety in immigrant communities about the use of public benefits like Medicaid.
- Four separate lawsuits, including one here in Illinois, are moving forward to argue that the public charge rule violates the Equal Protection Act, even as the rule goes into effect across the nation. This is able to happen because the U.S. Supreme Court voted only on the legality of the processes that were blocking the rule from going into effect, NOT on the merits of the case. Erie continues to remain hopeful that the judicial system will eventually permanently block this discriminatory rule.
Erie remains committed to serving all people, regardless of their immigration status or insurance status. We promise to keep you updated as further news unfolds and additional educational resources and training are developed.
How One Patient Found Support at Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center
Bryan has been a patient of Erie Evanston/Skokie since 2013, just a little after the health center opened its doors at Evanston’s Civic Center. Despite being pretty active all his life, in between working at a warehouse for over 18 years and enjoying weight-lifting and swimming, he was experiencing uncomfortable tightness in his legs. He wanted to see a doctor, but he was recently unemployed. He didn’t have health insurance, and wasn’t sure where to go. Fortunately, a social worker at the YMCA connected him with Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center.
Bryan was diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease, a circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to his legs. He needed intervention surgery to promote good circulation – and had three surgeries done at the nearby St. Francis hospital. “Those bills were over $90,000,” said Bryan. “But I worked with the patient navigation team at Erie and they got me health insurance that paid for it.”
Rebecca Calendo, Bryan’s nurse, says his condition needs constant care and monitoring. Because of the blood-thinning medication Bryan takes, he needs to come in to the health center every couple weeks to make sure he stays healthy. “It’s a chronic, lifelong condition,” said Rebecca. “I think it’s a testament to Bryan’s motivation to take care of himself that he’s so great about coming in regularly.”
Today Bryan lives at the McGaw YMCA. He’s on a cane now, but enjoys his walks and his visits to Erie Evanston/Skokie. “The nurses and the staff – everyone so friendly,” he said. “They really helped me.”
In 2017, one in five adults without health insurance went without necessary medical care due to the high cost. It’s our mission to ensure that no one goes without the medical attention they need to live a happier, healthier life. To learn more about what your contribution does to make our programs and services possible, please contact Ashley Moy-Wooten at email@example.com.
With summer well underway, there’s more opportunity than ever before to get up and get out there. Pursuing health and fitness is important in any stage of life, but new moms have a special responsibility to make healthy choices that help them recover from childbirth and set them up for success in their new role.
Try some of the tips below to maximize your health!
Eat a balanced diet.
Food and fitness are equal partners when it comes to wellness. It’s so important to make sure you’re eating a balanced diet- that is to say, meals that have the right portions of healthy fats, lean proteins, whole grains, and essential vitamins and minerals.
Make sure to read the nutrition facts and serving sizes on the food in your pantry to make sure you’re preparing the right amount of food— and don’t forget to hydrate! Eating well is one of the best ways to keep you and your child healthy, especially if you breastfeed.
Enlist a friend.
It’s been proven that having a workout buddy helps keep you more accountable. You wouldn’t want to let a friend down! Having a friend join your workout is also an opportunity to try new things, and maybe even learn a thing or two.
A new mother can recruit her mommy friends as workout partners- sharing the experience of motherhood, with all that comes with it, means that they will identify more with you and your goals.
Establishing goals is a great way to keep motivated and feel excited and challenged. Keep in mind that while it’s good to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, make sure you’re sticking with a realistic goal- the last thing you need is to injure yourself when you’re already trying to recover.
A great example is signing up for a 5k. The warm weather is perfect for an outdoor jog, but starting out on a treadmill is perfect for beginners. You can try out a free running pace calculator for even more guidance on ideal running time, but completing the goal, no matter the time, is still an amazing accomplishment.
When starting a new exercise or diet regime, it’s always best to consult a licensed expert to develop a plan that takes into account your specific needs.
Ron B. has no doubt: “Without Erie, I’d be dead.”
“I was more or less homeless…more or less suicidal,” says Ron. He was self-medicating mental health issues with heavy alcohol use, and dealing with the dual diagnoses of HIV and hepatitis C. An old friend invited him up to Chicago. Her apartment was across from to Erie Humboldt Park Health Center, one of our 13 locations. What he found inside, saved his life.
An Erie behavioral health therapist guided Ron into AA, then into sobriety. Erie’s Lending Hands for Life staff welcomed him into our comprehensive HIV/AIDS program. They provided Ron with medical care, case management, a dietitian and a support group. His HIV is now well under control. With his interdisciplinary team’s support, he recently quit cigarettes.
Even after overcoming so much, Ron still felt his last battle would be the one to finally do him in. Having twice been denied treatment for his hepatitis C, he admits that he had lost hope. But Erie family medicine doctor Tina Wheat had Ron’s back. “When I was about to give up, Dr. Wheat went the extra mile,” he says.
Through persistence and connections through Erie’s partners, Dr. Wheat and Ron’s case managers were able to get him his life-saving hepatitis C medication. Ron’s meds were delivered to Erie on a day he happened to be in the clinic. “I usually just hand people a prescription,” says Dr. Wheat. “But it felt so good to be able to personally hand him his first round of pills.” Ron’s hepatitis C will be cured in 12 weeks.
“Life didn’t wait for me, but I’ve caught up with it. I’ve got a good run ahead of me.” Ron is staying fit at the gym. He plays with his two dogs, and his grandson. For the first time in years, he’s returned to his hobby of drawing portraits.
Erie Family Health Centers is dedicated to serving the most vulnerable members of our communities, and to treating our 70,000 patients with compassion, dignity and respect. Medicaid reimbursements and sliding fee payments from uninsured patients don’t come close to covering the average cost of a patient visit to Erie. So we must rely on your donations to provide care. Help Erie provide nationally top-ranking medical, dental and behavioral health care to those in need, regardless of their ability to pay.
“Now I don’t have an excuse – I’m going to live a long life,” Ron says.
The word cancer often evokes a sense of fear and uncertainty in people. About 38.5% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime so it is important to understand what you can do to help prevent this deadly disease. Though there are many known and unknown causes of cancer, one of the leading causes of cancer are due to exposure to toxins in varying forms. Avoiding exposure to toxins such as asbestos, radon, lead, tobacco, and secondhand smoke could potentially one day save your life as well as the lives of those around you.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring group of minerals, often found in products commonly used in the construction industry, such as building materials, floor tiles, and insulation. Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma and can also cause asbestosis, lung cancer, pleural effusion, pleural plaque, pneumothorax, and asbestos warts. There are six types of asbestos; chrysotile, amosite, tremolite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite. Each one carries a different level of hazard, but all commercial forms of asbestos are carcinogenic.
As objects containing asbestos begin to fall apart, the microscopic fibers become airborne. Someone who directly works with asbestos can develop mesothelioma by inhaling these rigid fibers, and he or she can also cause second-hand exposure to others by bringing asbestos home on items like clothing, skin, and/or hair. Once asbestos fibers are disrupted and become inhaled or ingested, they can be lodged in the lining of the abdomen, lungs, or heart to develop disease up to 10-50 years later. Those most at risk for developing mesothelioma are military veterans and occupational workers such as construction workers, firefighters, or mechanics. In fact, approximately thirty percent of all mesothelioma diagnoses occur among veteran populations.
Asbestos is generally safe when undisturbed, presenting a threat to health only when asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested. Prolonged exposure to asbestos is particularly harmful, making it important to be aware of the symptoms of asbestos related disease as it can take up to 10-50 years to experience symptoms following exposure. If you are an occupational worker, be mindful of asbestos-contaminated clothing and the possibility of carrying asbestos fibers and particles on your hair and body. Inform yourself of OSHA’s asbestos guidelines for your safety and health. If you live in a house where you think asbestos might be present and want to do construction make sure to contact a certified and accredited asbestos professional so they can do an inspection of the house. Finally, though asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma as well as other deadly diseases, it is not yet banned from use in the United States, as well as in 70% of the world. Learn more about asbestos legislation and make sure your lawmakers know your opinion on asbestos and why it should not be legal to use.
In 1957, a clinic opened in the kitchen of Erie Neighborhood house on Chicago’s West Side. A volunteer staff provided care for community residents two afternoons a week. This was the very beginning of Erie: a collaboration between co-founders Carmella Jacob and her physician Dr. Robert Snyder to make health care accessible and affordable to everyone.
By the 1970’s, Erie had an annual budget of $38,000, and additional staff to provide specialized care for women and children were brought on board to address community need. At that time, a chance encounter between Dr. Roger Meyer, a pediatrician aiding the new clinic, and Dr. Ann Doege resulted in Dr. Doege’s coming to the clinic as a part-time pediatrician.
Dr. Doege attended medical school at the University of Rochester in New York, where she met her husband, Dr. Theodore Doege, an internist. Ann completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle. After school, together the couple traveled to northern Thailand to help develop a new medical school and stayed there for three years, teaching and assisting with the training of doctors and nurses at Chiang Mai’s Faculty of Medicine.
Once they returned to the states, it was difficult for their children to adjust to American life. Dr. Doege stayed at home with them – but not for long. “When we returned to the Chicago area in 1970, our two children were old enough that the idea of helping take care of children on the West Side appealed to me.”
In those early days, Dr. Doege was witness to much of the groundwork needed to make Erie’s impact grow. She worked alongside Mary Burns, one of Erie’s founders and a Board Member. Burns was a community organizer and volunteer, just as passionate about expanding Erie’s services as she was about spreading the word about them. She brought in numerous grants, partnerships, and in-kind donations for Erie, organized large-scale events, and held classes and activities for senior citizens in the community. Dr. Burns retired after 50 years of service, at 86 years of age. Many called her “Mother Burns.” Mary Burns passed away in 2011, but she is remembered and missed by many at Erie.
“My first time at Erie, I was taken on a tour of the facility,” recalled Dr. Doege. “Mary Burns was closing the center for the day told me she would be back the first thing in the morning to mop the floors!”
Dr. Doege was also friends with Sally Lundeen, a nurse serving as a graduate faculty member of UIC and working on her PhD. Dr. Lundeen became Executive Director of Erie Family Health Center, and wrote the first government grant to increase Erie’s funding. “She was just our Mother Erie,” said Dr. Doege. “She is a remarkable person!”
Dr. Lundeen joined the University of Milwaukee faculty in 1985, and was appointed Dean of the College of Nursing in 2001, where she continued to encourage the use of nurse practitioners. She retired in 2016.
Dr. Doege herself served as medical director, managing the increased patient growth – and the ever increasing need for more exam rooms. “We were very short of space,” she said. “The first time I saw the space at Erie street, it was so dusty! There was sawdust and machinery everywhere.” With the help of an architect, that dusty space became Erie West Town Health Center, which eventually moved to Chicago and Paulina. Just over 10 years later, the site expanded again to Superior and Paulina, serving 15,300 patients in 2016 .
Dr. Doege and her husband have since retired and moved to Hinsdale, but she says she will always remember her time with Erie. They continue to donate to Erie in memory of their dear friend Mary Burns.
Erie is so grateful to founding members like Dr. Anne Doege, Dr. Sally Lundeen, and Mary Burns, who together increased health care access in Chicago. Throughout our 60th anniversary year, we will honor their hard work and commitment by continuing to build Erie Family Health Centers into a positive force of change and health justice.
Do you have stories of Erie Family Health Centers that you would like to see published in our 60th anniversary year? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your memories!