The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) vision is, "Creating the future of federal healthcare through excellence in world-class patient care, customer service, education and research." The FHCC consists of 199 operating beds, 195 nursing home care beds and 149 Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP) beds for patients requiring residential treatment for substance abuse, homelessness, post traumatic stress disorder and psychosocial rehabilitation. The new FHCC is a landmark project that provides a transformational opportunity for federal health care, and represents the first known total integration of the health care delivery and operations of two distinct and separate health care organizations owned by different cabinet level departments within the federal government.
The integration has dramatically changed the services and programs now available in North Chicago, IL. The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center provides care to all eligible Veterans, active duty and their dependents. As a result of integrating Veteran and DoD patients, the total number of patients seen in the ED has more than doubled. FHCC Active Duty and civilian staff now provide inpatient and outpatient ENT, orthopedic and general surgical services, including pediatric procedures. Our residency programs have plans for a new residency program or expansion of existing residency programs in surgical services, internal medicine, and ophthalmology. We have established a new training position for a Hospitalist program. As a result of our VA/DoD partnership, our Emergency Department developed a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE) Program. This program completes the forensic evidence packages for sexually assaulted patients, thereby minimizing trauma for these patients. FHCC has developed a successful Mental Health Rapid Response Program. This program specifically focuses on patients at risk for suicide or depression. Our TBI Poly-Trauma Team is functioning and serving patients with Traumatic Brain Injury which is particularly important for our recently returned OEF/OIF Veterans. The Tumor Registry Board was initiated and we have trained staff now running this program. FHCC has a state of the art, permanent MRI serving our patient population. The 3-Telsa MRI has been functional since March 2007. The Oncology Program has expanded and now offers inpatient/outpatient services in conjunction with new Oncology/Hematology Infusion Center.
Outpatient Clinics / Vet Centers:
Evanston, Illinois Vet Cent
Evanston, Illinois CB
Kenosha, Wisconsin CBOC
Fisher Clinic (East campus)
USS Red Rover (East campus)
USS Osborne (East campu
USS Tranquillity (East campus)
FHCC is part of the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12, which includes Jesse Brown VA Health Care System; Hines VA Hospital; North Chicago VAMC; Milwaukee VAMC; Madison VA Hospital; Tomah VAMC; and Iron Mountain VAMC. These facilities make up a regional health care system that provides a full spectrum of health care.
FHCC has an affiliation with the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, which is located adjacent to the facility on land leased.
FHCC provides training in health services administration, audiology/speech pathology, biomedical engineering, dental assisting, medical technology, pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, podiatry, psychology, social work and many other areas. Over 400 residents, interns and students are trained each year.
The research programs at FHCC and Hines VA Hospital were consolidated during FY 1997. The primary objective of the amalgamation was to augment patient care by increasing the quantity and quality of research while reducing administrative cost. Biomedical and clinical research is ongoing in such areas as molecular biology, cardiology, oncology, alcoholism, immunology, diabetes, substance abuse, spinal cord injuries, speech pathology, aging, pulmonary, health care outcomes, infectious diseases, vision, psychiatric illness, rehabilitation medicine and behavioral sciences.