Take a look inside our open door:
Every day you’ll find providers, student doctors and residents connecting with our patients—children fighting colds, women delivering babies, people with chronic diseases like diabetes — even the elderly in the late stages of life.
Of course we see plenty of healthy people who count on us to keep them well, too. At the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford’s clinics, providing quality care is the soul of our work. But we do more.
We reach out to the community.
We perform leading edge research.
We train tomorrow’s physicians.
“The doctors take the time to listen to patient’s concerns. They maintain continuity in healthcare and work with patients to give information regarding treatment options to maximize medical decisions. In addition, the doctors engage in preventative care and health maintenance. I’m fortunate to have such kind and caring doctors.”
—Patient, University Primary Care Clinic at Rockton
Training tomorrow’s doctors
Since 1972, more than 1,300 doctors have been trained in Rockford. The College of Medicine has become a benchmark of excellence, recognized nationally and internationally for preparing the best and brightest students, many of whom choose a primary care specialty after graduation.
Working with exceptional faculty physicians and nurse practitioners, our student doctors and residents develop relationships with patients like you, who are critical to their clinical care experience. Nearly one third of our medical students, and more than half of our residents, return to the Rockford area to practice medicine.
Improving tomorrow’s healthcare
Students have the opportunity to share in leading-edge research conducted with our faculty, everything from biomedical studies on cancer to investigations on health disparities and community-based initiatives with local agencies, such as the Winnebago County Health Department. Family and community medicine research includes:
•Diabetes and chronic diseases
•Improving patients’ knowledge of caring for their chronic diseases
•The value of alternative medicine therapies
•Eliminating disparities in healthcare between rural and urban environments, and the care provided in larger communities
Caring for our patients and communities
Providing quality, university-level care to our patients is essential. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have felt the healing touch of a College of Medicine at Rockford graduate. At the University of Illinois primary care clinics, our providers engage in more than 70,000 patient visits each year. Student or resident participation in almost all of these visits means patients enjoy the benefit of a team approach to their medical care.
We are dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of all people, including the uninsured, and the underinsured, who lack access to medical care.
Our College clinics:
•Are the “front door” to healthcare services, and in many cases are the only open door to those who have nowhere else to go
•Experienced a 27 percent increase in patients enrolled in the Illinois Medicaid program in 2007
•Provide over $9 million in unreimbursed care annually
Serving our communities
Community service is a core component of the department of family and community medicine. Our community relies on the College to be a safety net to agencies like the Winnebago County Jail, Crusader Community Health, Easter Seals, and the Medical Evaluation Response Initiative Team (MERIT) program, which evaluates children suspected of physical or sexual abuse. We provide school-based healthcare to children who would otherwise go without. Our medical students initiate projects that address community needs, such as black male health, Hispanic health issues, addiction problems and diabetes care.
College faculty serve as medical advisors to:
•Health departments in Boone, Ogle and Winnebago counties
•Fifteen area nursing homes
•Several area Hospice organizations
•Rosecrance Health Network
•Woodstock migrant farm worker’s clinic
You can help open doors...
The department of family and community medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is dedicated to our mission of excellence in education, outstanding care and a commitment to our community. Each year I see thousands of people trying to get by without healthcare, simply because doors are closed to them—closed because they do not have the resources to afford care.
Fees that we receive from patients on state assistance for healthcare, or are uninsured and paying what they can, do not fully cover the cost of everything we do, especially for our outreach service to the community. We depend on friends like you to help. Please send your gift today to help make sure we can continue our important work in the greater Rockford area. Your gift opens doors in this community and is an investment
in the future.
Vivek K. Kantayya, MD, FAAFP
Interim Department Chairman
Family and Community Medicine
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