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Published on October 28, 2011

Community Cares Clinic Welcomes New Physician

October 28, 2011

Dr. Hina Nawab
The Community Cares Clinic welcomes Dr. Hina Nawab, a new physician in the community who will be working with David Wester, board certified physician assistant, to provide care to patients. Dr. Nawab graduated from Khyber Medical University, Pakistan, in 2005 and worked as a volunteer research assistant in movement disorders at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, for two years. She also taught at Kaplan Medical University for one year. Nawab joined a family practice residency training in 2008. She recently graduated from residency training at Toledo Ohio Mercy St. Vincent’s Family Practice program, affiliated with the University of Toledo. Dr. Nawab lives in St. Charles, with her husband and two boys, ages one and two years. 

Two years ago, Community Cares Clinic was preparing to open its doors. Since then, the clinic, a collaborative effort between KishHealth System and Northern Illinois University, has been a community resource for individuals and families who do not have access to primary medical care. To date, Community Cares Clinic has seen 4,136 patients with 11,658 visits. The clinic has provided affordable healthcare for 804 patients without insurance and for 1,866 kids on public aid; 82% of all well child visits for children under the age of five.

Wester staffs the clinic full time, caring for patients and as clinical manager; his expertise is in family practice. Also on staff at the clinic are nurse practitioners Traci Costigan who is a board certified adult nurse practitioner and Sarah Hourselt who is a board certified family practice nurse practitioner. Drs. Jamison Allen, DO, George Gonnella, DO, and Asad Shah, MD, oversee the medical care of all clinic patients; they admit patients to the hospital and follow their care when hospitalized.

The Community Cares Clinic provides affordable, cost-effective medical care, by appointment, for infants, children and adults with and without insurance coverage. All insurances, including Medicaid and Medicare, and private group insurance are accepted, and an affordable, sliding-fee scale is available for those who lack insurance coverage.  

Located within NIU’s Family Health, Wellness and Literacy Center at 3100 Sycamore Road, the clinic provides primary care services for area residents with and without health insurance. Nearly two years in the planning, the clinic addresses community concerns that the neediest in the community did not have access to non-emergency medical care. 

Some same-day appointments are available, but in order to provide timely care, appointments are encouraged. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make an appointment, call 815.752.3253.

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