Community Health Care Just Got Better for Challenged Chicago Neighborhoods

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Saint Anthony Hospital has announced its new partnership with the University of Chicago Medicine for its obstetrics and pediatrics service lines. This new partnership exemplifies the way in which a nationally recognized academic medical institution and community-focused hospital can improve the health care services offered to its community. “Our partnership with UChicago Medicine enhances our mission to provide high-quality care to patients and families, as well as expand coverage and continuity of care to neighborhoods that need it most,” said Romeen Lavani, M.D., chairman for the department of pediatrics and hospital-wide strategic partnerships at Saint Anthony Hospital. “At Saint Anthony Hospital, we serve some of the most challenged populations in Chicago and having this new partnership means we can collaborate in a meaningful manner, and teach the next generation of providers how to care for these communities.”

Each year, Saint Anthony Hospital cares for over 100,000 patients and delivers nearly 2,000 babies. Roughly, 40 percent of the hospital’s emergency department visits are children. With this new partnership, mothers and children can now receive top-rated specialty care from UChicago Medicine physicians at Saint Anthony Hospital. This includes maternal-fetal medicine, addressing higher-risk pregnancies. Children will also have access to pediatric subspecialties such as endocrinology, cardiology and pulmonology to treat conditions like asthma and diabetes. “Academic and community medicine is a powerful combination that gives patients more health care options that are convenient and closer to home,” said Ernst Lengyel, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago. “We’re committed to bringing our specialty care to the community by working collaboratively and providing medical care that can’t be found elsewhere.”

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