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Published on February 25, 2012

Center for Family Health Replaces Tri-County at Kish College

February 25, 2012

  • Center for Family Health Replaces Tri-County at Kish College
  • Center for Family Health Replaces Tri-County at Kish College
  • Center for Family Health Replaces Tri-County at Kish College

Northern Illinois University has transferred ownership of Tri-County Community Health Center in Malta to KishHealth System’s Center for Family Health.

The facility on the Kishwaukee College campus has been closed for remodeling and has re-opened as Center for Family Health-Malta. 

“Center for Family Health has given the interior of the building a facelift with new flooring, fresh paint, wall art and furnishings to make it more welcoming to patients,” said Shelly Johnson, RN, Center for Family Health director.
Johnson said the center will be staffed by Michele Roberts, a physician assistant with 20 years’ experience, and NIU nurse practitioners Sharon Boude and Pat Braun. Dr. Christine Weis, a family medicine and primary care physician with KishHeath Physician Group will work at the clinic part-time. She has a full time practice in Genoa. The Malta center will serve residents within the Kish College district, including Creston, Rochelle and Waterman.

“To provide additional convenience for not only the clinic patients but for Kish College students and faculty, the clinic will be open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m Monday through Friday,” Johnson said. 

Center for Family Health, formerly Community Cares Clinic, provides family health services, including immunizations,  and same day care to a wide range of patients, including those on insurance, Medicaid, and those who do not have health insurance. A sliding fee scale is used based on income. Women’s health services include PAP tests and breast exams.“ Centers like this will be a key ingredient in meeting the demand for services under the Affordable Healthcare Act as more individuals become insured,”  Johnson said. 

The Malta facility will be the second location for Center for Family Health, which recently moved from DeKalb to larger quarters at 165 E. Plank Road, Sycamore. 

Joe Dant, KishHealth System’s vice president of business development and chair of the Center for Family Health Board, said Center for Family Health has grown beyond expectations since opening in 2009.

“The center is meeting a huge need in our area. Being in Malta allows us to extend our reach to another portion of our region that has limited access to primary health care; and remaining on the Kish College campus allows the center to continue to serve students and faculty and o be a clinical training site for Kish College and NIU students,” Dant said.
Derryl Block, dean of NIU’s College of Health and Human Sciences, said the change is exciting. “Under KishHealth System’s leadership, the clinic will remain an outstanding training ground for our students, and it will be better able to provide comprehensive healthcare to those who rely upon 

Tom Choice, president of Kishwaukee College, also is enthused about the change.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with the health system as it assumes a central role in operating the health clinic on our campus. It is a critical provider of quality, affordable health care for many in our district, and is especially convenient for the hundreds of employees and thousands of students who come to the College each day. The partnership between NIU and Kishwaukee College has been a strong one, and we are pleased to see its evolution include KishHealth System – clearly a name synonymous with high quality healthcare in Northern Illinois.” 

As with the partnership with NIU for Tri-County, Kish College will continue to provide the space, utilities, and custodial support and snow removal.

The original Community Cares Clinic was a joint project of the health system, NIU and community philanthropists. The health system has since assumed sole responsibility for operations and fund-raising. The name change to Center for Family Health was seen as a way to broaden the patient-base to anyone seeking affordable medical care.

Services provided at both the Malta and Sycamore locations are primary care for adults, children and infants, annual physicals (including pap smears and breast exams), well child exams, routine care for infants, sick care, Immunizations, school and sports physicals, and English staff and Spanish translators.

Center for Family Health-Malta is located at 21193 Malta Rd., in a separate building at the north end of the Kishwaukee College campus. Appointments can be made by calling 815-752-3253. 

Additional contacts
Tom Choice, President
Kishwaukee College
21193 Malta Road
Malta, IL 60150-9699
815.825.2086, Ext. 2010

Kayte Hamel, Director of Marketing & Public Relations 
815-825-2086 ext. 3710 
21193 Malta Road
Malta, IL 60150

Joe King, Assistant Director
Media and Public Relations
Northern Illinois University 
(815) 753-4299
(815) 762-7425 (cell)
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