The mission of the Suburban Primary Health Care Council is to facilitate access to primary health care for residents of suburban Cook County and Chicago residents who live west of Pulaski Road AND north of North Avenue, who lack such access because of financial barriers.
The Suburban Primary Health Care Council is a not-for-profit corporation that administers the Access to Care® program.  The Council was formed in 1988 by a confederation of the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc., the Cook County Department of Public Health, the Northwest Suburban Cook County Health Care Task Force and the Park Forest Health Department.
The Council is funded by both public and private sources.  The Council's primary sources of funding are the Cook County Board of Commissioners and the State of Illinois. The Council also receives funding from townships, municipalities, private foundations and individuals. In-kind services and discounts are provided by a network of Access to Care® physicians, hospitals, commercial laboratories and Walgreens.
2007 Board of Directors
Chair: Mark Grach, MBA - DLK Ventures
Secretary: Catherine Tymkow, N.D. - College of Health Professions, Governors State University
Treasurer: Roy Gibson, MBA - Harris Bank, Barrington
Immediate Past Chair: Christine Blue, RN, MHA - Park Forest Health Department
Board of Directors
Ronald Bean, JD - South Metropolitan Regional leadership Center at Governors State University
David Carvalho, JD - Illinois Department of Public Health
Mary D. Clark, PH.D, - College of Business and Public Administration, Governors State University
Joseph P. Flanagan - JP Flanagan Enterprises, Inc.Roy Gibson, MBA - Harris Bank, Barrington
Helen Jensen, RN - Village of Arlington Heights
Donna Kastning - Alexian Brothers Medical Center
Michael B. King - Charter One Bank
Maurice Lemon, M.D., MPH - Cook County Hospital
Stephen A. Martin, Ph.D - Cook County Department of Public Health
J. Paul O'Keefe, MD - Loyola University Medical Center
Margaret Saunders, M.S., R.D., L.D. - Community & Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc.
Robert Wharton, MPA - Community & Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc.
Arnold Widen, MD, FACP - Institute of Medicine of Chicago
James A. DeNuccio - American Medical Association
Lois Coxworth Gallagher, RN, MS - The Coxworth GroupCharles David Hughes, Jr. - Community & Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (retired)
Mary McDonald - Cook County Board of Commissioners (retired)
President: Victoria Bigelow, MA
Chief Operating Officer: Kathryn R. Franklin
Chief Financial Officer: Lori Anderson Henkel
Public Relations Manager: Kate D. Barnickel
Senior Program Coordinator, North Region: Claire Ducote
Provider Relations and Program Coordinator, West Region: Kimberly A. Mertz
Program Coordinator, South Region: Cristina Gaytan
Case Manager: Beatriz Ortega
Vendor/Client Specialist: Zavala Ward
Network Administrator: Ron Petersen, MCSE, MCDBA, CCNA
Susan Decker, Program Assistant
Data Entry Clerks: Laverne Jones and Gladys Barrera
Access to Care®
2225 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL 60154
Fax: (708) 531-0686
Do you have a question about the Council or the
services it offers?
Please email us with your questions and/ or comments to: contact@ accesstocare.org.