WILLOWBROOK – Residents living in Community Consolidated School District 180 no longer will have to travel outside their community for basic health care needs.
Pillars Community Health Family Health Center on March 11 celebrated the grand opening of a clinic in partnership with Anne M. Jeans Elementary School, 16W631 91st St., Willowbrook.
The clinic and a food pantry are located in the school’s refurbished community center.
The health center is part of the school district’s effort to make more community services available to students and families.
The area surrounding the school contains many uninsured families, and before the opening of the new health center, families had to drive up to 10 miles to La Grange or other communities for affordable medical services.
Jackie Gibson, Pillars’ vice president of marketing and business development, hopes the new space aids the community with affordable health services.
“This is not just limited to the students,” Gibson said. “The goal is to also help the families in this district and the Willowbrook area, not just the students.”
Pillars Community Health Family Health Center offers medical and dental services, including annual physicals, vaccinations, pediatric and prenatal services, as well as dental exams, cleanings and X-rays. In addition, the new center can refer families to specialists.
The health center was conceived from generous donations from Marge and Jack Burke, two longtime supporters of Pillars Community Health’s mission and actions, and the Syrian American Medical Society. The donations helped build and supply the new center, but it receives support for the services from the government.
Now that the health center is open, Gibson hopes it begins helping as many families as it can.
“We’re just trying to hit the ground running and get the word out to as many families as possible as quickly as possible,” Gibson said.
To learn more about Pillars Community Health Family Health Center in Willowbrook, visit https://pillarscommunityhealth.org.