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Berwyn, Ill. – Together with the American Dental Association, PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) is excited to celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month in February. This year’s campaign slogan is “Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile.” This month is the perfect time to schedule oral exams for children to ensure healthy smiles.

Chicago, IL – PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) recently opened its third health center in West Suburban Medical Center. PCC Community Wellness Center at West Suburban is located inside the hospital’s professional office building at 1 Erie Court, Suite 7140, Oak Park, IL 60302.

The health center is accepting new patients and offers primary care, behavioral health care, and support services. It is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. You can call PCC Community Wellness Center at West Suburban at 773-537-0020 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Chicago, IL – PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) has received certification from the Illinois Department of Human Services' Division of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA). IDHS/DASA administers a network of community based facilities that provide alcohol and other drug treatment programs. 

“The acquisition of a DASA licensure within PCC’s integrated services supports PCC’s mission to provide the highest quality of care. Through the recognition of this DASA licensure, PCC continues to provide evidence based interventions for substance use disorders, while supporting the integration of treatment into primary care, leading to decreased stigma associated with seeking treatment,” said Amanda Brooks, PCC’s Chief Population Health Officer. 

Chicago, IL – There is still time to shop for local produce at the PCC Austin Farm Stand. The PCC Austin Farm will continue to offer fresh vegetables, harvested locally until Tuesday, October 31. Visitors can choose among a variety of seasonal items, including spinach, cabbage, sweet potatoes, kale, mustard, and collard greens.

The farm stand will be open Tuesday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 31 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., as well as this Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at 330 N. Lotus Avenue in Chicago, the stand accepts various payment methods, including cash, credit/debit, LINK, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) farmers’ market coupons. Double value incentives are available for LINK and WIC purchases.

Chicago, IL – PCC Community Wellness Center joins Norwegian American Hospital and other local agencies to welcome evacuees from Puerto Rico needing assistance finding community and health care services. They are welcoming evacuees in the Humboldt Park Field House’s Hurricane Relief Center. PCC has a welcome table set up, ready to provide evacuees with referrals for primary care, oral health care, behavioral health care, and healthy housing. Staff from PCC West Town Family Health Center will be in the relief center on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until December 19.

Oak Park, IL – On October 8, the PCC Foundation hosted its Annual Fundraising Gala, “Some Enchanted Evening.” Held at the beautiful Oak Park Country Club, the evening began with a cocktail hour, during which time guests had the opportunity to win numerous treasures in an impressive raffle. The social hour was followed by dinner and live music. The salad course was fully harvested from the nearby PCC Austin Farm. The banquet hall was filled with the soothing sounds of local songstress, Melody DeRosa, also known for entertaining at the II Vicolo Trattoria in Oak Park.

Chicago, IL – The Birth Center at PCC and New Moms will co-host “Women’s Night Out,” a free community event where women can enjoy an evening of fellowship. Women’s Night Out events foster community, model self-care techniques, and introduce health concepts such as nutrition or physical activity for women and mothers. This month’s event will be held on Thursday, June 29, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at New Moms at 5317 W. Chicago Avenue in Chicago.

Chicago, IL – For the seventh year, the PCC Austin Farm Stand will sell low-priced, organically grown produce in the Austin community. These fresh vegetables are harvested locally, from the PCC Austin Farm. Beginning June 6, visitors can choose among a variety of seasonal items, including lettuce, scallions, garlic, kale, and mustard and collard greens.

Chicago, IL – On May 16, 2017, PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) participated in “On the Table,” an annual forum designed by The Chicago Community Trust to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships, and inspire collaborative action across the region.

Chicago, IL – The PCC Austin farm will be hosting Women and Herbs, a free community workshop on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to plant their own seedlings, learn about how to use herbs for health and wellness, and tour the farm.

Chicago, IL – May 1, 2017 – PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) was pleased to receive $50,000 in renewal funding from Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust. Funds will support general operations of PCC’s Care Management Program expansion.

Chicago, IL – Dr. Vanessa Villacorta-Sierra, Family Medicine Physician at PCC Community Wellness Center at Steinmetz has flexible appointment availability and is accepting new patients. As a Family Medicine physician she can care for the entire family. In addition, Dr. Villacorta-Sierra specializes in Maternal Child Health and does prenatal & postpartum care, including higher risk obstetrics. She also has a special interest in weight management and healthy living. Her services also include free pregnancy testing, family planning, well woman care including pap smears and breast exams.

Chicago, IL – As a complement to providing primary health care for residents of the Austin community, PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) is celebrating National Nutrition Month® at its Austin-based health center. On March 13, March 20, March 27, and March 28, dietetic interns from Dominican University will coordinate activities to provide patients and staff with practical tips for eating healthier. Participants will have the opportunity to test their nutrition knowledge, taste some nutritious snacks, play games, win prizes, and have pressing questions answered by dietitians.

Chicago, IL - PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC), a lead agency for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) by the State of Illinois is continuing to provide access to free screening and diagnostic tests for breast and cervical cancer to eligible patients at all PCC locations.

Berwyn, IL – On October 27, the Birth Center at PCC celebrated its second year of operations with a festive birthday party for birth center patients. Guests were presented with a Birth Center at PCC t-shirt for their babies, had the opportunity to take a family portrait, and enjoyed refreshments. And of course, there was birthday cake!

Oak Park, IL – On Saturday, October 8, 2016, the PCC Foundation will host its Annual Fundraising Gala, “Some Enchanted Evening.” The festivities will be held at the beautiful Oak Park Country Club and will feature cocktails, dinner, live music, and a raffle. Attendees will sing and dance along with local songstress, Melody DeRosa, also known for entertaining at the II Vicolo Trattoria in Oak Park.

Berwyn, IL – The Birth Center at PCC welcomed its 100th delivery on Sunday, June 12. Baby Sawyer takes the honor of being the 100th baby born at the Birth Center at PCC. Brittani Chodl and her wife, Mary, welcomed Sawyer with the support of Sawyer’s older sister, Mia, and great-grandmother.

Chicago, IL – June 13, 2016 – The PCC Austin Farm Stand is back for another season of fresh, affordable produce in the Austin community. During this season’s kickoff on June 7, PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) unveiled its new farm logo, designed by William Barker from Austin Multiplex High School. As the first place winner of PCC’s art contest, Barker was awarded a $700 scholarship. Two other students from the same school, Ebony White and Jacquan Johnson, second and third place winners respectively, were presented with $350 scholarships.

Chicago, IL –The PCC Austin Farm is preparing to launch its farm stand’s sixth season on June 7. In addition to counseling patients about the benefits of healthy eating, PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) is also providing easy access to produce within the Austin community. Produce grown on the farm will be harvested and sold at the PCC Austin Farm Stand. First harvest picks include mustard and collard greens, kale, lettuce, scallions, and garlic.

Melrose Park, IL – A major cornerstone of PCC Community Wellness Center’s (PCC) services is providing comprehensive maternal and child health services. As a result of this commitment, PCC Melrose Park Family Health Center was recognized by the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition (CABC), which presented Dr. Tamajah Gibson and her provider team with the 2016 Breastfeeding-Friendly Physician Award for their outstanding support of breastfeeding mothers and babies.

Oak Park, IL – Dedicated to comprehensive health care, PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) is successfully enhancing and expanding its Care Management Program to serve a growing patient population

Chicago, IL – PCC Community Wellness Center’s (PCC) community farm, the PCC Austin Farm invites 14 to 18 year-old students who attend high school or live in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood to participate in a contest to redesign the farm’s reusable tote bag. The student with the winning design will receive a $700 scholarship. Students with second and third place entries will each receive a $350 scholarship.

Chicago, IL – The PCC Austin Farm at PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) is launching its third season of urban gardening workshops to encourage residents of the Austin community to grow their own fruits and vegetables for a healthier lifestyle. Held conveniently during lunchtime, the Lunch & Learn workshops teach individuals how to grow local, sustainable produce using organic practices. Sessions are free and open to the community. The first session of the season will be held on Thursday, March 23.

Chicago, IL - In addition to providing primary health care for students and the community, PCC Community Wellness Center at Steinmetz has initiated a Medical Careers Club to encourage high school students to pursue careers in various medical fields.

Chicago, IL – Wednesday, PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) celebrated the grand opening of PCC Community Wellness Center at Steinmetz, its first school-based community health center. Located in Chicago’s Steinmetz College Prep High School, the facility provides access to comprehensive primary care and behavioral health services to residents of the Belmont-Cragin, Dunning and Montclare communities as well as Steinmetz high school students.

Oak Park, IL - The first newborn cries were heard in the Birth Center at PCC, Illinois’ first free-standing birth center, as two families welcomed their babies on the rainy fall morning of October 18. Sophia Azalia, daughter of Delilah Noyola and Ivan Ramos was the first baby born at the birth center, located at PCC South Family Health Center in Berwyn. Less than one hour later, Natalia and Roberto welcomed their son, Ryland.

Chicago, IL - National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is recognized annually throughout October, reminding PCC Community Wellness Center of their commitment to women’s health and the importance of the “pink” services they provide. Some of the services PCC provides to uninsured and underserved women in Westside Chicago and the near west suburbs are breast cancer education, instruction on self- breast exams, and routine clinical breast exams. PCC is a proud partner of the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP).

Berwyn, IL - On Tuesday, September 20, 2011 PCC Community Wellness Center celebrated the grand opening of the newly relocated and expanded PCC South Family Health Center, along with Berwyn civic officials, local business owners, community board members, as well as PCC staff, family and friends. PCC South Family Health Center represents a $4 million investment through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Facility Investment Program. This facility was designed to meet the requirements for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification, from the U.S. Green Buildings Council. Berwyn Mayor, Robert J. Lovero, was in attendance at the event, and addressed that healthcare is a growing business, but that we are short on community health facilities. He stated that PCC is “answering a need in the community” and personally thanked PCC, Pat Thompson architect for the architectural firm Manske Dieckmann Thompson, and Madison Construction Company Inc. for their vision, and “what they have done to make this beautiful creation”. PCC’s new South Family Health Center is located at 6201 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, IL 60402.

Chicago, IL - On July 5, 2016, PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) completed renovations of its first school-based community health center: PCC Community Wellness Center at Steinmetz. The newly renovated facility located inside Steinmetz College Prep High School provides access to comprehensive primary care and behavioral health services to Steinmetz students as well as community members of all ages. The health center primarily serves the Chicago communities of Belmont-Cragin, Dunning, and Montclare. Staff includes an attending physician, family nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, health education specialist, care coordinator, financial counselor, registered nurse, medical assistant, patient care representative, as well as management staff.

Chicago, IL - On Saturday, October 1, 2011, the Maternal Child Health Advocacy Council hosted the 2011 Charity Matinee to raise money for PCC Community Wellness Center’s breastfeeding support services. This event included an afternoon of food, drinks, and music with legendary Detroit rocker, Carolyn Striho. In celebration of the launch of Mary Sommers’ new book More Than a Midwife, Chicago actresses Isabel Liss, Maya Rose Dinerstein, and Chaon Cross performed various book readings. This was followed by remarks from special guest speaker, Illinois State Representative Robyn Gabel, 18th District, who hopes to promote policies that improve breastfeeding practices in hospitals. Dr. Bechara Choucair, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, also made a guest appearance and spoke about his support for PCC.