Who We Are
The basic mission of Lawndale Christian Health Center is to improve the health of the more than 50,000 patients who have chosen us as their medical home and improve the healt... Read more
Who We Are
The basic mission of Lawndale Christian Health Center is to improve the health of the more than 50,000 patients who have chosen us as their medical home and improve the health of the community where we're located. Over time we have learned that our mission means different things to different people.
For the nearly 50% of our patients who have no insurance, LCHC is the place where health care services are still financially accessible. For community residents who are seeking jobs, LCHC is a place to secure employment. For students, LCHC is a place to receive training. For our peers, LCHC is a place to find ideas about providing health care for an underserved community. And for each of our patients and friends, we hope that LCHC is a place where they experience our faith mission of “showing and sharing the love of Jesus Christ.”
Lawndale Christian Health center is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO), and is recognized as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Bureau of Primary Health Care.
Our mission is to show and share the love of Jesus by promoting wellness and providing quality, affordable health care for Lawndale and the neighboring communities.
Our values are an extension of the Christian Community Development philosophy, embodied by the words: Relocation, Reconciliation, Redistribution. Lawndale Christian Health Center was founded by Lawndale Community Church in 1984.
Lawndale Christian Health Center has its roots in the efforts of a group of community residents, largely from Lawndale Community Church, who in 1984 spearheaded an effort to address the lack of affordable, quality health care services in their community. With many hours of volunteer time and a $150,000 grant from the Chicago Community Trust, a former Cadillac dealership was transformed into the facility that is now Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC). LCC subsequently launched Lawndale Christian Development Corporation (LCDC), which originally focused on the development of affordable housing, but has since expanded to include educational programs and community organizing efforts. Originally all three occupied the present structure of LCHC, but, as each ministry grew, additional buildings were acquired, leaving only the health center occupying the original structure (apart from a gymnasium used by LCC). LCC also has a sister church in South Lawndale called La Villita Community Church (LVCC).
Since its founding, LCHC has grown rapidly to the point that over 164,800 medical visits are now completed each year. Services include laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, behavioral health, and health support services for targeted populations such as pregnant women, seniors, asthmatics, diabetics, and persons with HIV. LCHC delivers care at satellite clinics located at Homan Square, Farragut Career Academy, and Archer Heights. Our main campus on Ogden Avenue has grown beyond the original site at 3860 W. Ogden to include a new Wellness Center at 3750 W. Ogden, which houses an expanded fitness center, a café open to the community, pediatric medical and dental clinics, womens’ health center, and a conference center.