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Vea Crawford

“It is an honor to be here today. This vision is more than just brick and mortar,” spoke Board President for SIU Center for Family Medicine Vea Crawford to those gathered for the ribbon cutting of the SIU School of Medicine Center for Family Medicine, which is located within the same building as the Morgan County Health Department (MCHD) at 345 W. State Street in Jacksonville. Crawford thanked the staff of the health department, including MCHD Director of Nursing Mary Gray, RN, and her direct staff. To the question “Why do we do this?” Crawford declared, “We do this because we care.”



Dale Bainter

MCHD Administrator Dale Bainter addressed the crowd, expressing his thanks, saying how great it was to be partnering with leaders in health care. Bainter continued, noting that it is positive to be bringing the Center for Family Medicine to Morgan County, so that we can “integrate our services.” The new center features updates and additional resources.



Bainter welcomes guests of the ribbon cutting inside for tours. As a partnership with Passavant Area Hospital and the Morgan County Health Department, the SIU Center for Family Medicine (also known as a Community Health Center), “provides access to care regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. The facility provides primary care services for the entire family, including women’s health, children’s health (school and sports physicals, immunizations), adults, and geriatric care. The facility provides access to healthcare for the at-risk population, those who are uninsured, underinsured, and those on Medicaid or Medicare,” according to It explained how the partnership itself is established, making clear that, “The SIU Center for Family Medicine – Jacksonville is staffed by Passavant providers, Health Department medical staff, and family medicine residents from the SIU School of Medicine. SIU School of Medicine’s Center for Family and Community Medicine, based in Springfield, is overseeing the administration of the clinic.”



Nurse Practitioner Jodie VanMeter (left) speaks with Passavant Area Hospital Director of Information Technology Jim Krug (right), who was among the many touring the building. VanMeter is pleased about the “very nice rooms,” and adds, “It’s exciting to be on the ground floor of something bringing access to healthcare to the families of these counties.”

To schedule an appointment, individuals should call 217-245-5111, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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