Medical Resources

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Division of Genetics
1875 Dempster Street, Suite 285
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 723-7705
Fax: (847) 723-8675
Web: http://www.advocatehealth.com/luth

Genetic testing and counseling.

Amigo Mobility International

6693 Dixie Highway
Bridgeport, MI 48722
Phone: (800) 821-2710
Email: info@myamigo.com
Web: http://www.myamigo.com

Amigo Mobility International has a halachically-approved Amigo Shabbat that satisfies the "no work" Sabbath restriction and helps you stay on the go. Every Shabbat Amigo is individually inspected and certified by a Zomet Representative and the approval label is displayed on each three-wheel mobility unit.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism
225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 227-4000, (800) 543-7362 (appointments)
Web: http://www.luriechildrens.org

Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism provides a full range of services for the diagnosis, counseling and treatment of patients with genetic and congenital disorders.

The ARK Northwest *

3100 Dundee Road, Suite 802
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (773) 973-0011
Fax: (847) 272-5330
Email: ark@arkchicago.org
Web: http://www.arkchicago.org
Contact: Marc J. Swatez, Ph.D., Executive Director

Services at the site include case management, a food pantry, rent and utility assistance, job counseling, a program for young adults with mental health needs, delivery of medications from The ARK's pharmacy, transportation to and from The ARK's main office, and other services as needed.

Hours are Mon., 9-7:30; Tues. and Thurs., 9-5; and Fri., 9-2.

The ARK Seymour H. Persky Building *

Main Listing
6450 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-1000
Fax: (773) 973-4362
Email: ark@arkchicago.org
Web: http://www.arkchicago.org
Contact: Marc J. Swatez, Ph.D., Executive Director

Services include medical, dental and eye care, pharmaceutical assistance, rent and utility assistance, food, transitional housing, legal aid, job search assistance, benefits advocacy, case management, psychological therapy and testing, a day program for the chronically mentally ill, and more.

Canavan Foundation

450 West End Avenue, #6A
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (877) 907-1847
Fax: (866) 907-1847
Email: info@canavanfoundation.org
Web: http://www.canavanfoundation.org

Educates at-risk populations about Canavan disease and other Jewish genetic diseases and the reproductive options available to carrier couples. Encourages carrier screening for these diseases whenever appropriate. In addition, the foundation supports research that searches for treatments and a cure for Canavan disease.

Canavan Research Foundation

Fieldstone Plaza
88 Route 37
Fairfield, CT 06812
Phone: (203) 746-2436
Fax: (203) 746-3205
Email: info@canavan.org
Web: http://www.canavan.org
Contact: Dr. Helene Karlin

Supports education and research and provides family support.

Canavan Research Illinois

P.O. Box 5823
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (800) 833-2194
Email: canavan@canavanresearch.org
Web: http://www.canavanresearch.org

A 501(c)(3) charity, funding medical research to cure Canavan disease, networking affected families, and raising awareness of carrier testing for this fatal childhood neurodegenerative disease.

Center for Jewish Genetics *

30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4718, (312) 357-4994
Email: jewishgeneticsctr@juf.org
Web: http://www.jewishgenetics.org
Contact: Jason Rothstein

The Center offers a carrier screening education program completely online and on-demand, allowing individuals and couples to receive all of their necessary screening in an accessible and supportive process. After speaking one-on-one to a Center staff member, individuals provide a saliva sample in the comfort of their own home and are given their results from a genetic counselor personally. The Center also offers educational programs and information on hereditary cancers, the importance of family health history, and various other Jewish genetic topics, and is available to answer questions, concerns, and to provide any necessary referrals. The mission of the Center for Jewish Genetics is to create a healthier, more informed community by educating healthcare professionals, clergy, and particularly individuals of Jewish descent, about genetic disorders, hereditary cancers and the importance of genetic screening and counseling. A cooperative effort of the Jewish United Fund  and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and is supported in part by the Michael Reese Health Trust.

Chai Lifeline Midwest/Chai Lifeline Midwest Camp Simcha/Simcha Special *

6600 N. Lincoln Ave.
Suite 300
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Phone: (847) 763-1818, (888) 763-1819
Fax: (847) 763-1820
Email: midwest@chailifeline.org
Web: http://www.chailifeline.org

Provides free and year-round support services to families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Kosher, medically supervised overnight camps for seriously ill children and teens.

Dysautonomia Foundation

Chicago Chapter
514 Pleasant Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 432-6217
Fax: (847) 432-9065
Email: millers3@prodigy.net
Contact: Peggy Miller

Funds research for better treatment of familial dysautonomia, a Jewish Genetic Disorder.

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

1 E. Wacker Dr.
Suite 2430
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 755-0198
Fax: (312) 803-0138
Email: dystonia@dystonia-foundation.org
Web: http://www.dystonia-foundation.org

Great Lakes Clinical Trials

5149 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 275-3500
Email: info@greatlakesclinicaltrials.com
Web: http://www.greatlakesclinicaltrials.com

Independent, phase I-IV clinical trial center specializing in the study of investigational medications, food products and supplements for the treatment of chronic diseases, notably in psychiatry, neurology and pain management.

Jewish Care Services of JourneyCare

formerly Midwest CareCenter
2050 Claire Court
Glenview, IL 60025
Phone: (224) 770-2489
Email: info@journeycare.org
Web: http://www.journeycare.org
Contact: Rhonda Wehner

JourneyCare respects your preferences and choices, and is sensitive to your religious and cultural needs. The team includes rabbis, social workers and volunteers trained in Jewish customs and values. JourneyCare's Jewish Care Services program combines the expert care of one of the most respected and comprehensive palliative care and hospice programs in the nation with specialized care that is sensitive to Jewish practices and traditions. JourneyCare is the only hospice in Illinois with a program that is specifically dedicated to addressing the range of Jewish observances as well as ritual and cultural issues.

Jewish Center for Addiction: Prevention, Help and Hope *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (847) 745-5451
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

Supports individuals and families who struggle with addiction. Strives to open multiple avenues of access within and outside the Jewish community. Services include community education, professional training, youth drug prevention programming, and information and referral to treatment.

Jewish Healing Network of Chicago *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Phone: (847) 569-5100, (847) 745-5451
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org

For those who are ill, grieving, or serving as caregivers, the Jewish Healing Network  offers the comfort of human connection, the spiritual support of Jewish tradition and a sense of community to alleviate loneliness and isolation. JHN offers support groups, professional education, community programs, Bikur Cholim (Visiting the Sick) trainings, pastoral counseling, information and referrals. JHN is administered by Jewish Child & Family Services in collaboration with CJE SeniorLife, the Chicago Board of Rabbis, and the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.

Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center

NorthShore University HealthSystem
Highland Park Hospital
777 Park Ave. West
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 480-2727
Email: mrwresource@northshore.org
Web: http://www.northshore.org/health-resources/health-resource-center

Dedicated to supporting the health education needs of the community. Located at Highland Park Hospital, the Resource Center is a private place to obtain information when making healthcare decisions. Visitors are welcome to stop by to browse the collection and enjoy a relaxing environment between appointments or during other idle time in the hospital. Personal, confidential assistance is available free of charge to help you find the health information you need. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

National Gaucher Foundation

61 General Early Drive
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone: (800) 504-3189
Email: ngf@gaucherdisease.org
Web: http://www.gaucherdisease.org

National MPS Society (Mucopolysaccharidosis)

P.O. Box 14686
Durham, NC 27709-4686
Phone: (877) MPS-1001, (919) 806-0101
Email: info@mpssociety.org
Web: http://www.mpssociety.org
Contact: Barbara Wedehase

National Neimann-Pick Disease Foundation

P.O. Box 49
401 Madison Avenue, Suite B
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0049
Phone: (877) 287-3672, (920) 563-0930
Fax: (920) 563-0931
Email: nnpdf@nnpdf.org
Web: http://www.nnpdf.org

Supports and promotes research to find a cure or treatments for all types of Niemann-Pick Disease and provides support services to individuals and families affected by the disease.

National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association

2001 Beacon St.
Suite 204
Brighton, MA 02135
Phone: (800) 906-8723, (617) 277-4463
Fax: (617) 277-0134
Email: info@ntsad.org
Web: http://www.ntsad.org
Contact: Susan Kahn

Dedicated to funding research for cures and treatments, prevention through screening and education. Information and support services for individuals and families affected by Tay-Sachs, Canavan and related genetic diseases.

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Genetic Counseling Services
Evanston Hospital
2650 N. Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 570-2864
Web: http://www.northshore.org
Contact: Julie Frias

Prenatal, preconception and pediatric genetic counseling.

Psychological Services at JCFS *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Elaine Kersten Children’s Center
255 Revere Drive
Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Alysa Slay, Psy. D., Director of Outpatient Services

 

Conducts psychological testing to understand the learning differences, cognitive or emotional, or other mental disorders.

Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care

1550 Bishop Court
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Phone: (847) 685-9900, (888) 707-2462
Email: jokazaki@rainbowhospice.org
Web: http://www.rainbowhospice.org
Contact: Jeff Okazaki

Provides caring and compassionate services to people with serious illness and their families. For more than 31 years, Rainbow has been a non-profit, community-based organization serving all of Chicagoland. In addition, Rainbow Hospice provides extensive bereavement services including the Good Mourning program for children, all free of charge to hospice families.

Refoenu Health Care Society

6333 N. Troy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 761-4005
Email: office@thechicagocenter.org
Contact: Rabb Yisroel Matzliach

Medical referrals and advocacy. Provides cab and pharmacy services on Shabbat and Yom Tov for those needing immediate medical care.

Reproductive Genetics Innovations

2910 Macarthur Blvd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 400-1515
Fax: (847) 400-1516
Email: info@rgipgd.com
Web: http://www.rgipgd.com

Preimplantation diagnosis for chromosomal and genetic disorders including those common among Ashkenazi Jews.

Rush University Medical Center

Genetic Disorders Program
1725 W. Harrison Street, Suite 710
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-6298
Web: https://www.rush.edu/services/genetic-disorders-program

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital *

1401 S. California Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (312) 522-2010
TTY: (773) 522-2032
Web: http://www.schwabrehab.org
Contact: Carrie M. Brethauer

Inpatient, subacute, and outpatient programs specializing in stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, pediatrics, and general neuromuscular & musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital is the Midwest's first fully licensed and accredited rehabilitation hospital and is proud to celebrate delivering quality patient focused care for over 90 years. Inpatient, outpatient physical medical and rehabilitation services for children and adults. A member of Sinai Health System.

Sinai Health System *

California Ave. at 15th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (773) 542-2000
Fax: (773) 257-6208
TTY: (773) 257-6289
Web: http://www.sinai.org

United Leukodystrophy Foundation

224 N. Second Street
Suite 2
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 748-3211, (800) 728-5483
Fax: (815) 748-0844
Email: office@ulf.org
Web: http://www.ulf.org
Contact: Paula K. Brazeal, President

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