Free Health Clinics in Illinois

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Expanding Access to Quality Health Care

Although Lake County, Illinois, is one of America’s wealthiest, approximately 249,879 people are underinsured or have no health insurance at all. Fortunately, they can depend on HealthReach, a not-for-profit organization that operates the county’s only free health clinics.

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Abbott and the Abbott Fund have partnered with HealthReach, providing safety-net health care services to Lake County’s medically uninsured, low-income families. The partnership goal is to build capacity and drive efficiencies while keeping down costs. Abbott and the Abbott Fund have assisted HealthReach with:

- Built capacity and drove efficiencies doubling the number of patients served

- Project management and support to modernize and double the size of the organization’s Mundelein clinic, making it a state-of-the-art facility

- A new medical interpretation program, removing communication barriers between doctors, nurses and patients

- Development of HealthReach’s first website

- Installation of a local area network and a business computer server

- Patient medical diagnosis chart review and data entry

- Occupational health and safety training

- X-ray training and guidance

- Fundraising and outreach consulting

- Donations of glucose monitors and glucose monitor test strips

- Relocating and updating pharmacy

- Renovating HealthReach's Waukegan clinic to increase exam room space and provide space for Affordable Care Act enrollment



In recent years, Abbott and the Abbott Fund have provided more than $2 million in funds and in-kind support of product and volunteers for HealthReach, significantly increasing the clinics’ capacity, quality and operational effectiveness.

Results Source: HealthReach Clinic of Lake County, Illinois

Results to Date


12/31/2013

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