To you, our community.

The University of Chicago Medicine is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve. This means helping more residents on Chicago's South Side and in the Southland have access to equitable healthcare and addressing top health concerns like chronic disease, cancer and trauma.

This work is guided by the Urban Health Initiative, our community health division. We also are working in close partnership with community members and leaders, including our Community Advisory Council.

We are committed to the programs and services that support this effort to advance health equity.

In fiscal 2021, UChicago Medicine provided $607 million in benefits and services to the community. This includes $520.4 million invested through the University of Chicago Medical Center and $86.5 million invested through UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial.

This investment included supporting patients who rely on Medicare or Medicaid and those not able to pay for care. It also included teaching and training future healthcare professionals, funding medical research and donating to community groups for health and wellness programs.

Last year, during the COVID-19 crisis, UChicago Medicine made vaccine distribution, education and outreach a priority. We worked to deal with the challenges of access, misinformation and distrust that were leading to low vaccination rates in Black and Brown communities.

We also supported community-based programs and gave more hospital resources to treat trauma from community violence.

In 2021, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced that it will give $146 million in funding over five years to help make changes and improve the system of care delivery on the city's South Side. UChicago Medicine was proud to help start and lead the 13-member group that was given the funding. We are hopeful and excited about the meaningful change this investment can bring to improve the health of South Side residents.

You will learn more in this 2021 Community Benefit Report. It reviews how UChicago Medicine invests in and partners with the community to make sure everyone can live their healthiest life.

If you have questions or feedback, please contact:

To learn more about UChicago Medicine's community benefit programs, please visit:

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Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD,
Dean and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Chicago
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Brenda Battle, RN, BSN, MBA, Senior Vice President for Community Health Transformation and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, UChicago Medicine
The University of Chicago Medicine

At the Forefront of Medicine Since 1927

The University of Chicago Medicine opened its first hospital in 1927. We are a not-for-profit academic medical health system based on the campus of the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. UChicago Medicine has hospitals, outpatient clinics and doctor offices in Chicago and its suburbs.

UChicago Medicine brings together five organizations to fulfill its three part mission of medical education, research and patient care: the Pritzker School of Medicine; Biological Sciences Division; Medical Center; UChicago Medicine Physicians; and Community Health and Hospital Division, which includes Ingalls Memorial, a community-based hospital and outpatient facility in Harvey.

UChicago Medicine's outpatient clinics are easy to find across Chicagoland, from River East, Dearborn Station and the South Loop in the heart of Chicago to Orland Park, Tinley Park, Flossmoor, Calumet City and South Holland in the south suburbs.

The Urban Health Initiative

The Urban Health Initiative (UHI) is UChicago Medicine's community health division. It oversees population health management and community benefit programs, working with community health centers, community hospitals, community-based organizations, local schools, churches and other groups.

The UHI's goal is to bring a shared community-based approach to solve the problems and meet the health and social needs of the South Side and Southland communities.

University of Chicago Medical Center and UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial

Advancing health equity throughout Chicago’s South Side and Southland

The University of Chicago Medical Center on the South Side and UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial in Harvey are part of the larger UChicago Medicine health system. We are committed to providing high-quality patient care and advancing health equity in the communities we serve.

UChicago Medicine Service Areas

University of Chicago Medical Center

12 South Side ZIP codes

35 neighborhoods

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial

13 ZIP codes

19 suburbs