Rep. Ford and West Suburban Medical Center Create West Side Task Force

April 3, 2017, 10:36 AM


Representative La Shawn K. Ford, together with medical staff and administration from West Suburban Medical Center, held a meeting Friday, March 24th with invited leaders to identify and address community concerns of those living on the west side of Chicago.”West Suburban Medical Center is in a truly unique position because we literally reside on the dividing line between the west side of Chicago, Austin, and the western suburbs, Oak Park,” said Joe Ottolino, CEO, West Suburban Medical Center. “West Suburban is deeply committed to not only caring for our neighbors and patients when they are unwell but in sharing resources to better our community.”

Mr. Ottolino shared information on the hospital’s “Eat and Be Well Medical Food Pantry” program that serves those on the west side who are food insecure and suffer from chronic medical conditions. Family medicine physicians and medical staff from West Suburban, members of Another Chance Assembly church in Austin, the Greater Chicago Food Depository organization and leaders from Temple Jeremiah in Northfield offer qualified program participants healthy food that is prescribed in the same manner as medication. The program is celebrating its one year anniversary on April 4, Click here to watch the program video.

“As a board member of West Suburban Hospital I’m encouraged by the hospital’s willingness to build a stronger relationship with Oak Park and Austin,” said Rep. Ford. “Hospitals should be strong community partners for a better quality of life for the neighborhoods they serve.”