Komed Holman Health Center
4259 South Berkeley Avenuet
Reminder of the Past, Beacon of the Future
When NNHSC took over the operation of Komed Health Center in 1992 at the request of the federal government it faced, what seemed at times, an overwhelming challenge. The Oakland, Kenwood, Bronzeville, Grand Boulevard, Washington Park communities that we were to serve, once the center of black enterprise and culture in the early parts of this century had fallen on hard times. Dominated on the east and west by the ill-kempt monolithic government-built high rises of the CHA, cut off from the city center by the Stevenson and Day Ryan expressways, the mid-south side languished, deprived of needed investment, commerce and services. While the most notorious of CHA developments had been closed, their empty forms spread an eerie pallor over the community while redevelopment was just beginning to occur.
The building itself seemed to express the broader city's attitude about the area. A plain brown brick building with few windows and little light, the building itself seemed to broadcast "health care for the poor" in its very structure. And while the first task we faced was getting the Clinic's "financial and service operations" in order, almost immediately we recognized the need for a new facility.
Inadequate construction of the Komed building under its original operators resulted in major life safety hazards, and its abandonment left behind serious facility ownership and tax liability problems. We obtained funding to build a new facility close to the original site. Through negotiation with the City of Chicago's Public Health Department, we moved our operations to the city's Holman Clinic on July 1, 1997. This facility is located within two blocks of the original Komed site and immediately adjacent to the site for the new facility. While this move resulted in an immediate increase in client volume and the ability to expand on-site services, it reinforced the urgent need for a comprehensive facility to serve this seriously underserved community of over 200,000 people.
By 1998, when we had secured the funding needed to expand and modernize the structure, we found ourselves part of a new mood of hope and optimism in the area. Through the leadership of Alderman Toni Preckwinkle and the North Kenwood Conservation Community Council, a new community was rising in the midst of the old, with buildings reclaimed or newly built and housing residents of all ages and economic conditions.
We knew our new health center would make a bold statement of how we felt about the community and the health care we would provide. Thus, we hired the architects, Johnson & Lee, to create a structure that would enhance the physical health of our clients, while nurturing and reflecting the beauty and self-respect of the community that was redeveloping around us.
And they did. When the addition was finished and Holman was rebuilt and reconfigured, the new Komed Holman Health Center was opened on November 11, 1999. It reflected our determination to provide affordable quality health care to people, without regard to their incomes, race, or age. It reflected our belief that as a community insititution we should ensure that every aspect of our operation - from design to medical services was an absolute asset upon which the community could build.
Sunlit rooms provide welcoming space for patients, seniors, families with children and pregnant women. Each discipline has separate areas with examining rooms specially designed for its particular specialty, records storage and retrieval departments that rival any hospital in the area. In fact, the new Komed Holman Health Center was awarded the prestigious Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design.
With the finest in medical services, great architecture and a commitment to the “whole health” of the community, Komed is well-positioned to meet the needs of the community as its new place in the city.
Hours of Operation
Appointments encouraged! Walk-ins welcome!
If you need to contact your provider while the health center is closed, call the 24-hour phone number: 773.268.7600. The answering service will contact the physician who is on call.
Services - Services are offered during regular business hours unless stated otherwise.