Access to Health Care Services
We are fortunate to have many local health and social agencies available for use in the South Suburbs. Below you will find a list of the many organizations that you may contact for services.
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Advocate South Suburban Hospital (708) 799-8000
17800 South Kedzie Avenue, Hazel Crest, IL 60629
Advocate South Suburban Hospital is an acute-care facility providing a wide range of comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, and ambulatory medical services. In addition to offering a wide array of hospital services, this not-for-profit facility provides free screenings and a variety of other outreach services throughout the community. Some of the many services offered at Advocate South Suburban Hospital include free community screenings and health education programs throughout the year, school-based outreach, an asthma education program, and a partnership with Aunt Martha's Healthcare Network to operate a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) on the hospital's campus.
American Cancer Society (708) 633-7770
17060 Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60477
Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., the ACS has 12 chartered divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.
Aunt Martha's Healthcare Network (877) 692-8686
233 West Joe Orr Road, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Aunt Martha's operates 5 community health centers in the south suburban cook county service area. Our services include Medical, Dental, Behavioral Health, and OB/GYNE services. We provide these services to men, women, and children, regardless of their ability to pay. Aunt Martha's accepts various forms of insurance such as Medicaid, Medicare, PPO's, and people who are uninsured. In addition to the medical services, Aunt Martha's operates one teen clinic in Chicago Heights and a men's clinic in Hazel Crest. Services such as family planning, case management, pregnancy testing, HIV/AIDS testing, breast and cervical cancer screens and a variety of other health screens and programs are available at no additional costs. The communities where the clinics are located are Chicago Heights (2 clinics), Hazel Crest, Harvey, and South Holland.
Catholic Charities Regional Services South (708) 333-8379
16100 Seton Drive, South Holland, IL 60473
Whether young or old, hungry or addicted, homeless or friendless, Catholic Charities works with all clients, bringing them help and hope. With 157 programs at 162 locations throughout Cook and Lake Counties, Catholic Charities serves virtually every neighborhood in the Chicagoland area. For 95 years, they have empowered families and individuals of all races and religious backgrounds to realize their full potential. Last year Catholic Charities touched the lives of more than 1.1 million people. Their broad spectrum of services helps people from conception through the last stages of their lives. They keep mothers and their babies well-fed, prepare children in low-income families for school, and provide families with shelter and affordable housing for seniors. Catholic Charities also organizes in-home care services for seniors who need help caring for themselves.
Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) (708) 633-4000
15900 S. Cicero Avenue, Oak Forest, IL 60452
CCDPH is the state certified public health agency for suburban Cook County with the exception of Burbank, Evanston, Forest View, Skokie, Oak Park, and Stickney Township. These five municipalities and one township have separate, state certified public health departments and are operated locally. CCDPH is the public health agency of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System. The Agency strives to meet the health needs of individuals and families through effective and efficient disease prevention and health promotion programs. There are four district clinics: Markham, Bridgeview, Maywood and Rolling Meadows. Ambulatory/Network Clinics are in Ford Heights, Cicero, Oak Forest, Phoenix, Palatine, and Robbins, and a TB clinic in Forest Park. Cook County Hospitals: Provident and Stroger Hospitals are located in Chicago. All services are by appointment only. For detailed information, see their website: www.cookcountypublichealth.org
Grand Prairie Services (866) 477-8632
450 W 14 Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Grand Prairie Services (GPS) is a not-for-profit behavioral healthcare provider with more than 59 years of experience providing mental health services for the children, adolescents, adults, and seniors living in the thirty-two municipalities of Bloom, Bremen, Rich, and Thornton townships. The mission of GPS is the provision of holistic emotional and behavioral health services for individuals, families, and communities of the Southland region with an emphasis on recovery and optimal functioning.
Ingalls Health System (708) 915-6710
One Ingalls Drive, Harvey, IL 60426
Ingalls Health System includes a 563-bed hospital and a network of comprehensive outpatient centers that feature a full array of high-tech diagnostic and treatment services and the area's only Urgent Aid Centers for 24/7 access to minor emergency care. Ingalls is recognized for clinical excellence and achievements in cancer, heart, retina surgery, orthopedics, rehabilitation, stroke care and gastroenterology.
The Cancer Support Center (708) 798-9171
2028 Elm Road, Homewood, IL 60430
The Cancer Support Center provides programs and services at no cost for people affected by cancer in more than 70 communities in the southland area. Programs include: monthly networking groups, weekly support groups, individual counseling, art therapy, personal nutrition consults, education classes, stress management, and exercise. In addition, their facilities also house a wig boutique for individuals who have lost their hair due to treatment. Visitors are fitted with a brand new wig of their choice free of charge. The center is supported by The Village Door, a consignment shop of unique collections, which is operated entirely by volunteers and all proceeds benefit The Cancer Support Center. Their programs also are generously funded through donations from individuals, businesses, foundations, and organizations. The Cancer Support Center is conveniently located at 2028 Elm Road in Homewood [(708) 798-9171] and 19250 S. Everett Lane in Mokena [(708) 478-3529]. For additional information regarding their programs, services, or volunteer opportunities, please contact Cynthia Turnquest, Manager of Community Relations, at (708) 798-9171.
Prairie State College (708) 709-3500
202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
- Counseling and Academic Advising Center (CAAC) (708) 709-3506
Members of the CAAC are available to address the personal, academic, and vocational needs of the student population. Individual, short term counseling is provided as well as referrals to nearby human services agencies. Students receive academic advising throughout the semester by receiving information about the various programs the college offers and are able to plan their course schedules accordingly. The CAAC is located on the first floor in room 1190 (adjacent to the Library). Hours: Monday -Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Fitness Center (708) 709-3779 The Prairie State College Fitness Center, located in the Tech Wing
on the west side of the Main Building, is open to students, staff, and the community.
For just a fraction of the price of many other health clubs, PSC's fitness center
offers free weights, treadmills, elliptical trainers, standing weight machines, stair
climbers, stationary bikes, and more! Individual fitness levels are assessed by our
well trained, friendly staff, and a personalized program is designed to help you achieve
fitness-related goals. Hours: Monday - Thursday: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday: 6 a.m.
to 5 p.m., and Saturday: 8 a.m. to 12 noon..
- Nursing Mother’s Room (708) 709-7777
PSC offers a designated, private area for nursing mothers located on the third floor of the main building. To request entry assistance, please contact the PSC Police Department at ext. 7777.
- Police Department (708) 709-7777
Campus safety and security is coordinated by the Prairie State College Police Department. The main college campus and its satellite facility are located in areas with highly trained police and fire departments, equipped to handle any emergency. If a major or serious crime occurs at any sponsored event, the police from the affected jurisdiction will be summoned. The department operates in cooperation with other municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
Pass Pregnancy Care Center (708) 614-9777
17214 Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60477
Pregnancy Aid South Suburbs (PASS) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has provided a safe, non-judgmental environment for pregnancy, parenting, family, relationship, and restoration resources for women and men since 1983. Free and confidential services include: Support for women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy verification, limited ultrasounds, pregnancy options information, referral assistance for adoption, housing, or medical needs, emotional and spiritual support, relationship, parenting, and life-skill classes, and newborn to 2T Baby Supplies.
What is the Safe Haven law? Safe Haven Infant Protection laws enable a person to give up an unwanted infant anonymously. As long as the baby has not been abused, the person may do so without fear of arrest or prosecution.
An infant can be left, up to 30 days old, with a staff member at any hospital, fire station, police station, or emergency medical services provider in Illinois. For more information, please visit the Safe Haven website at www.safehaven.tv or contact the Safe Haven hotline at 888-510-BABY to receive counseling and get details on the address and directions to the closest safe haven in your state.