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Community Nurse, based in La Grange, is a federally qualified health center that provides medical and dental care to low-income families, while Pillars is the largest nonprofit provider of mental health and social services in the western and southwestern suburbs. Community Nurse serves about 5,000 patients a year, while Pillars serves about 10,000 each year.
The new organization will keep all of its existing facilities, with no plans to change location sites, and will employ about 300 people. Angela Curran, CEO of Community Nurse and future CEO of the merged organization, said she’s very excited about the merger and believes community members will benefit.
“It will increase access and quality of services for the community we serve. Everything in health care is moving toward integration of mental health and medicine, and this gives us the opportunity to have patient records under one system,” she said. “People will have a broader array of services, including domestic violence, sexual assault and addiction services, as well as early childhood services. We want to integrate other service lines at the different locations.”