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Our Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)

What is an FQHC?

The SIU Center for Family Medicine is designated as a federally qualified health center or FQHC. As an FQHC, also referred to as a community health center, we have a governing board composed of patients and community members to help us serve the needs of the people of Springfield, Sangamon County and surrounding counties. In addition, the FQHC status enables us to offer special programs for low income and uninsured patients.

FQHC Goal

It is the goal of our Center to provide the best possible care to our patients and to make them feel that the Center is their personal MEDICAL HOME. At our patient-centered medical home, our clinicians will:

  • Provide integrated, accessible health care services

  • Be accountable for addressing a large majority of your health care needs

  • Develop sustained partnerships with patients

  • Practice within the context of the family and community

Financial Assistance: Discounts are available for those who qualify. An on-site financial counselor will assist you in determining eligibility and determine patient individual discount

Medication Assistance: This is offered to any patient whose primary care provider is in our clinic and the program offers medications through local participating pharmacies at a reduced rate for those who qualify for our 340B Federal Drug Pricing Program.

Family Medicine and the Residency Program

Family medicine physicians provide comprehensive care for the whole family, including obstetrics, newborns and children, adolescents, sports medicine, adult medicine, women’s healthcare and geriatrics. Family medicine encompasses a broad spectrum that covers all ages, both genders, each organ system, and every disease entity. Your physicians coordinate your care and serve as your advocate in all health-related matters, including the appropriate use of consulting and community resources.

What should I expect as a patient in a Family Medicine Residency Program? As a patient in a family medicine residency program, you will be cared for by both attending and resident physicians. A resident physician has graduated from medical school and is licensed to practice medicine in the state of Illinois. A family medicine resident receives an additional three years of training in a family medicine residency program. Patients of our center receive the benefits of the attending physician’s years of experience and the resident’s idealism and eagerness to learn about their patients and the state of their health. An added benefit of being a patient in a residency program is receiving up to date “state of the art” care that comes with the learning environment of a medical school.


FQHC Mission:

The SIU Center for Family Medicine serves all the healthcare need of our patients and our communities in a compassionate and affordable environment.

FQHC Vision:

We Care You Matter: Providing compassionate quality health services and leading in healthcare education.