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Center for Family Health replaces Tri-County at KC

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,” director Shelly Johnson said in a news release.

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 physician with KishHeath Physician Group will work at the clinic part-time. She has a full-time practice in Genoa.

The clinic will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Friday.

Center for Family Health, formerly Community Cares Clinic, provides access to primary 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.

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. 

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 fundraising. 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 and Spanish bilingual staff.

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

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