A long history of
care in the community

Leading with compassion

PrimeCareHealth is uniquely positioned to serve the underserved in our neighborhoods. Our leadership is strong and compassionate. Our mission is simple and caring. Our values are family oriented and firmly rooted in the community. It all adds up to exceptional health care for you and your family.

Leadership

Lynn Hopkins
Interim Chief Executive Officer/ Chief Operations Officer

Jim Christoforidis, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Robert Van Gilder, CPA MBA
Chief Financial Officer

Andrea Kuebbeler, LCSW
Director of Behavioral Health

Dipa Thakkar, DDS
Dental Director

Board Members

Brenikki Floyd, PHD, MPH, Chair
Sr. Bonnie Boilini, Vice-Chair
Robert Cech, Treasurer
Guadalupe DeJesus, Secretary

Alicia Vazquez, M.D.
Benjamin Alonzo
Edward McDermott
Gary Kenzer
Kathryn Ryan
Martha Hamilton
Michael Mulay
Rev. Luis F. Reyes

Mission

Our mission is to promote wellness and provide accessible, compassionate, and culturally respectful health care in partnership with our patients and the communities we serve.

Values

Care for the whole family:
We are committed to the family medicine approach that is based on a continuous, comprehensive, and holistic provider-patient relationship.

Collaboration:
We seek to improve the health and well being of all individuals and communities we serve in partnership with aligned health and social service providers.

Education:
We are committed to training health professionals to ensure a better future for our community.

Excellence:
We strive to continuously improve and provide the highest standard of service through a patient-centered, team based, model.

Service to all:
We provide quality, affordable care to medically a under served population, regardless of ability to pay.

Stewardship:
We are committed to responsibly caring for our patients, our staff, and our material resources, making data-driven decisions informed by respect, compassion, and empathy.

History

PrimeCareHealth, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded in 1992 in response to the significant unmet healthcare needs in communities on Chicago’s west side. Leaders at Saint Elizabeth Hospital collaborated with community partners to form an organization that embodied the belief that everyone has a right to access high-quality health care. PrimeCareHealth was created as a medical home that is accessible to all, regardless of whether they are insured or are able to afford services. In 2000, PrimeCareHealth became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), which allowed us to expand our ability to provide services in areas and to populations that have limited access to health care for free or on a sliding scale.

Over our 27-year history, we have established six primary care sites, two dental centers, and two medication-assisted treatment centers. Our mission drives our growth and our Board of Directors (over half of which are PrimeCareHealth patients) guarantees we remain steadfast to our commitment to serving vulnerable communities. We provide access to healthcare regardless of one’s race/ethnicity, disability, immigration status, sexual orientation, or ability to pay. The majority of our patients are underinsured and live in communities that experience high rates of poverty and other hurdles to accessing health care services.

PrimeCareHealth is unique from other FQHCs in that we are a family medicine practice. PrimeCareHealth’s providers are trained to care for a patient as a whole person, regardless of their age or gender. The cornerstone of family medicine is an ongoing, personal patient-provider relationship focused on integrated care. Patients and their providers work together to achieve the best possible outcome in the most cost-effective manner.

PrimeCareHealth continues to respond to the needs of the communities we serve by expanding the services we provide, adding resources so that we can care for an increasing number of patients each year, and ensuring staff are respectful of the diverse cultural needs of our patients.

Lynn Hopkins

Lynn Hopkins, Chief Operating Officer at PrimeCareHealth, joined the organization in 2019 and has over 27 years of experience working at Federally Qualified Health Centers in the Chicagoland area. In addition to center operations, she has overseen development, marketing, community relations, information technology, and human resources. She has experience implementing and maintaining compliance with several licensing and accrediting organizations including Joint Commission, Patient Centered Medical Home (NCQA), and the Illinois Department of Public Health. She has also served as a reviewer of grant applications for the Bureau for Primary Health Care.

Jim Christoforidis

Dr. Jim Christoforidis, Chief Medical Officer at PrimeCareHealth, has worked with PrimeCareHealth since 2000. Dr. Christoforidis attended medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University and completed his residency at Rush University in Chicago. He leads PrimeCareHealth’s high-achieving provider group’s efforts to deliver high quality, culturally sensitive, comprehensive primary and behavioral health care services to medically underserved and uninsured Chicagoans on the City’s near northwest side. Proficient in English, Greek, and Spanish, Dr. Christoforidis is able to meet the linguistic and cultural needs of those PrimeCareHealth serves and strives to uphold PrimeCare’s mission and values.

Robert Van Gilder

Robert Van Gilder, Chief Financial Officer at PrimeCareHealth, oversees the management of all financial functions and is a contributor to the health center’s long-term strategy and vision. His responsibilities include overseeing the organization’s accounting and financial reporting, contracts and grants management, payroll functions, revenue cycle management, budgeting, and capital development. Prior to joining PrimeCareHealth, Mr. Van Gilder worked for multiple organizations within the healthcare industry, with a focus on applied health signals, primary care for Medicare recipients, and value-based care.  He is a CPA and has his MBA from St. Louis University.

Andrea Kuebbeler

Andrea Kuebbeler, LCSW, is the Director of Behavioral Health at PrimeCare Health. She has over 20 years of progressive management experience overseeing and advocating for behavioral health services in underserved settings. Her skills include program development, staff management, budgeting and evidence based direct centeral care. Ms. Kuebbeler has a special interest in behavioral health interventions focused on holistic, integrated care for underserved populations. She opened PrimeCare’s first medication-assisted treatment program for patients struggling with opioid use disorder and is committed to embedding OUD treatment within the primary care setting. In the past, she was the Clinical Director at Alternatives, Inc., a Chicago social service agency providing services to youth and their families. Ms. Kuebbeler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago.

Dipa Thakkar

Dr. Thakkar is an experienced dentist with extensive knowledge of dental procedures, and treating patients of all ages, with specific interest in compromised care and treating children. She has practiced quality dental care in underserved areas of the Chicagoland area and has experience with restoring teeth using composite, amalgam, ceramics, and PFM restorations; restoring missing teeth with removable partial or complete dentures, implants, and fixed partial dentures. Dr. Thakkar has been PrimeCareHealth’s Director of Oral Health since July 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan. Dr. Thakkar is a board certified dentist who sees patients at PrimeCareHealth in addition to overseeing the Oral Health Program. She is a member of the Chicago Dental Society, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, National Network for Oral Health Access, and American Academy of General Dentistry.