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Howard Brown Health Center Opens Aris Health

  Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) is pleased to announce the opening of Aris Health by Howard Brown Health Center,
its new facility which provides comprehensive, primary healthcare and
support services for the entire community – regardless of its ability to
pay.

 

“Howard
Brown Health Center is focused on creating a patient-centered medical
home for everyone in the community,” said Karma Israelsen, interim
president and CEO of Howard Brown Health Center. “We have designed a
health center that is excellent in every way. Aris Health, the newest
location that is part of the HBHC family, demonstrates our focus and
priority on providing quality healthcare for all.”

 

Located
in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood at 3245 N. Halsted,
Aris Health offers 9 exam rooms, and increase accessibility as a
standalone, street-level building with free on-site parking. Aris Health
will implement a patient-centered care model which ensures that
patients are involved in the care they receive from their medical
providers. This comprehensive approach focuses on the whole person,
providing coordinated medical and behavioral health services to meet the
needs of patients.

 

Aris
Health will continue to improve the patient experience and ensure they
receive quality medical care by using new technologies and operating
efficiencies. Through GE’s Developing Health™, a program launched in
Chicago in 2011 to increase access to quality healthcare through
skill-based volunteering, GE employees trained staff in strategies
designed to increase patient flow and reduce wait times. They also
helped prepare for the site opening. “Community health care centers
provide essential services and increase access to quality health care at
the local level,” said Linda Fiore, executive champion, Developing
Health Chicago. “We take our volunteer commitment to our community
partners very seriously.”

 

In
addition to new technology, Aris Health includes an on-site Walgreens
Pharmacy for patients to receive readily accessible prescription
medication. Walgreen’s has been a committed strategic health partner of
Howard Brown Health Center for more than 30 years. “The Walgreens
Pharmacy at Aris Health is part of our expanded network of
community-based health solutions,” said Denise Scarpelli, market
pharmacy director at Walgreens. “We are proud to work with Howard Brown
Health Center to create better health outcomes for their patients.”

 

The
new location will expand HBHC’s specialized geriatric care, which is
critical to the community because aging LGBT members have difficulty
accessing culturally appropriate healthcare. HBHC’s board-

certified
geriatrician and Medical Director Magda Houlberg, M.D. will continue
working with patients and lead the Aris Health team.  Aris Health will
also carry on HBHC’s tradition and specialization in lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) health.

 

“We
are thrilled that Aris Health will allow us to serve everyone in the
community, regardless of the ability to pay, in a space designed with
patients in mind,” says Dr. Houlberg. “Our team treats each patient as a
part of the HBHC family, ensuring a welcoming, comfortable environment.
The new space will enable us to continue our important work, and serve
more patients in need.”

 

In
addition to the support given by Walgreen’s and GE, members of
Chicago’s artist community donated artwork to be displayed in the new
space.  Gethsemane Garden Center donated landscaping services to create a
garden upon entering the facility.

 

Aris Health will be open Monday, Wednesday thru Friday
from 9a to 5p and Tuesdays from 10a to 7p.  The Walgreen’s Pharmacy
will also operate during these times. For more information, call 773.296.8400

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