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August 16, 2018

Health Center Receives 5th-Year Quality Award

For the 5th consecutive year, we are a Health Center Quality Leader. Among our programming at Pillars Community Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides medical, dental, and behavioral health, and related services. The Health Center is recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA) for use of care coordination, electronic health records, team-based care, and other interventions. Quality Leader Award In August 2018, our Health Center received a HRSA Health Center Quality award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services–marking the fifth year in a row that we’ve received such […]

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February 16, 2018

Agency Hosts Free Vision Clinic

In January, Pillars Community Health was pleased to host a special free Vision Clinic for 120 of our Medical Clinic patients as well as families from our Head Start program. As part of our efforts to provide access to care for those who need it, when they need it, this is the second year we have hosted the clinic in downtown La Grange. In total, we were able to provide vision care for 73 adult patients (including 37 with diabetes) and 47 pediatric patients. In all, 89 people will receive glasses (including 22 pediatric patients). Thank you to the partners […]

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January 29, 2018
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Pillars Ball Raises $250,000 for Our Programs

On Saturday, January 20, 2018, Pillars Community Health hosted The 2018 Pillars Ball at the Oak Brook Hills Hilton Resort in Oak Brook, IL. The event marked our first fundraiser as a merged organization (Community Nurse Health Center and Pillars merged to form Pillars Community Health on January 1, 2018). As a merged nonprofit, we are now one of only a few organizations in the state to integrate primary medical and dental care with mental health and social services. Individuals and families in the western and southwestern suburbs now have access to a variety of services (Medical; Dental; Mental Health […]

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November 09, 2017

The Truth About Grief

Read about grief in this post from Michelle Halm, MA, M.Ed., director of Pillars’ Buddy’s Place bereavement support program. GRIEF. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg writes about it. Comedian Patton Oswald uses humor to express it. Prince Harry of the British monarch talks about it. Performer Lady Gaga sings about it. And local families come to Buddy’s Place to gather around it. You can find grief displayed on the big screen and small screen, in music, in the mainstream media, and all over social media. It is publicly addressed today more so than in the past, but grief is something we […]

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November 03, 2017

FAQs About Opioid Abuse and Opioid Treatment

Q. What is opioid abuse? A. Opioids include illegal drugs such as heroin as well as prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, codeine, morphine, etc. Short-term use of prescribed opioids is generally considered safe—but regular use of opioids (or misuse of opioids) can lead to dependence (which may also be described as addiction or substance abuse). Q. What is the opioid epidemic? A. Today’s opioid crisis in America can be traced back to the 1990s when the Federal Drug Administration first approved OxyContin (oxycodone) for pain relief. Opioids became more readily available, and physicians began prescribing them more frequently—in fact, […]

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September 13, 2017

Pillars and Community Nurse Health Center Announce Merger

Angela Curran to serve as president and CEO of merged organization. Two of the largest, longest-running, and most respected organizations in the western and southwestern suburbs—Pillars and Community Nurse Health Center—have announced they will merge, effective January 1, 2018. A new brand identity and mission statement will be unveiled in the coming months. The news comes after a vote from both boards of directors on September 12, 2017. Several other mergers of this type have already occurred nationally and in Illinois, as organizations seek to better integrate primary and behavioral health care and sustain themselves financially. Leadership Transition The boards […]

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September 12, 2017

Pillars Offering Same-Day Assessments for Addiction

Drug and alcohol statistics have stunned America in recent months and years. The number of people who have a substance use disorder is now on par with the number of people living with diabetes—and is actually higher than the annual prevalence of all cancers combined, according to a November 2016 report from the U.S. Surgeon General. The number of overdose deaths per year more than doubled from 2002 to 2015. The number of overdose deaths in the teenage population climbed 19 percent in just one year (2014-2015). This devastating upward trend is even more staggering when statistics describe only those […]

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5 Myths About Your Teen and Substance Abuse

We love our kids, don’t we? In our experience, the vast majority of parents truly don’t believe their kids will be the ones who get caught up in substance abuse. But the statistics don’t lie. Today the number of people who have a substance use disorder is on par with the number of people living with diabetes—and is actually higher than the annual prevalence of all cancers combined, according to a November 2016 report from the U.S. Surgeon General. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in three high school seniors reported having a drink in […]

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August 23, 2017

A Few Hours a Week to Support Kids and Teens With Mental Illness

In 1994, Pillars Community Health launched a program to provide additional support to children and adolescents living with mental illness. Called Respite at the time, and today known as Community Support-Individual (CS-I), the program helps these young clients practice their therapeutic goals out in the community. The program is driven by Individual Support Providers (ISPs), paid mentors who take the children and teens to various places and activities in the community and find ways to address issues that have arisen in therapy. Pillars Community Health also launched a CS-I program for adults in 2016, which is staffed by Pillars Community Health […]

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August 21, 2017

Volunteer-Driven Sexual Assault Hotline Bolsters the Community

In 2014, Tammy Sedat-Gorel of Burbank graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in social work. She was planning to work in the geriatric medical community—until she saw a posting from Pillars about an upcoming sexual assault crisis intervention training. “I realized there are all these local sexual assault survivors coming out of a serious crisis, and they don’t know who to trust or where to go next,” she remembers. “I felt like I needed to help in some way.” She signed up for Pillars’ 40-hour training, which prepares volunteers to serve on Pillars’ sexual assault hotline and directly assist survivors in […]

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