During the 1970s, the steel industry was the economic engine of the South and Southeast S
ide communities that Chicago Family Health Center serves today. When that industry failed in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, more than 43,000 area residents found themselves without jobs. The community’s medically underserved were limited to a city Department of Health storefront facility to meet nearly all of their health needs.
The Claretian priests of the local Catholic Church recognized this need and brought together community residents and other stakeholders to create a health safety net that would provide quality health
care for area residents. In 1977, Chicago Family Health Center — then known as Claretian Medical Center — opened its South Chicago clinic at 91st Street and Commercial Avenue. That year, it provided care to 400 community residents. Today, our health network includes locations in South Chicago, Pullman, East Side, Roseland and Chicago Lawn. In 2010, Chicago Family Health Center cared for more than 26,000 underserved, uninsured and underinsured patients in our surrounding areas.
More than 30 years of history:
1977 — Claretian Medical Center opens on East 91st Street with a staff of six.
1983 — A new facility is built in South Chicago on South Exchange Avenue.
1987 — The Pullman health center opens.
1998 — Claretian Medical Center is renamed Chicago Family Health Center (CFHC) to reflect its accessibility for all.
2005 — A third site opens at Roseland Community Hospital, and later, a state-of-the-art facility is built across the street.
2007 — The original South Chicago center is expanded, adding 30,000 square feet of space.
2009 — CFHC’s East Side location opens on South Ewing Avenue.
2010 — The fifth CFHC site opens in Chicago Lawn at 63rd Street and South Kedzie Avenue, expanding west and north for the first time.
2010— CFHC secures federal funds to rebuild its antiquated Pullman site into a new, state-of-the-art facility that is slated to open in 2012.