Medical Resources

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

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

Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism
225 E. Chicago Avenue
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 204
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 Sarnoff Levin Residence *

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: Michael Bellows, Director

For homeless Jewish families and individuals in Chicagoland, provides short-term (up to 120 days) housing and supportive services in order to stabilize their lives and prepare them for the transition into permanent housing.

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 #100
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (877) 422-6282, (877) 4-CANAVAN
Fax: (212) 873-7892
Email: info@canavanfoundation.org
Web: http://www.canavanfoundation.org

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 *

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4718
Fax: (312) 855-3295
Email: jewishgeneticsctr@juf.org
Web: http://www.jewishgenetics.org
Contact: Karen Litwack

Provides education, outreach and programming to the Jewish community and medical professionals, so they can make informed decisions and recommendations about genetic health issues such as carrier screening, hereditary cancers and counseling services. One key offering is its highly subsidized education and screening program, available five times annually in Chicago and the suburbs. The Center is a cooperative effort of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

CHAI-JACS

Phone: (773) 983-9617
Email: ravyoga@rabbiheatheraltman.com
Web: http://www.jbfcs.org/programs-services/jewish-community-services-2/jacs
Contact: Rabbi Heather Altman

Counseling and support programs for Jewish alcoholics, the chemically dependent, and their families.

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.

Dysautonomia Foundation Inc.

315 W. 39th Street
Suite 701
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 279-1066
Fax: (212) 279-2066
Email: info@familialdysautonomia.org
Web: http://www.familialdysautonomia.org
Contact: David Brenner, Executive Director

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

Jewish AIDS Network-Chicago (JAN-C)/International Jewish AIDS Network

3150 N. Sheridan Road, Suite 10B
Chicago, IL 60657-4838
Phone: (773) 275-2626
Fax: (773) 327-1791
Email: norman@sandfield.org
Contact: Norman Sandfield

Jewish services and referrals for anyone touched by HIV/AIDS in the greater Chicago area, their families and loved ones, with contacts worldwide, through International Jewish AIDS network.

Jewish Healing Network of Chicago *

Main Listing
Jewish Child and Family Services
Goldie Bachman Luftig Building
5150 Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 568-5100
Fax: (847) 568-5125
Email: jhnc@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org/jhnc
Contact: Elizabeth Siegel Cohen, LCSW

Ensures that information about and access to social service, health and spiritual resources is available to people facing issues of illness, addiction and loss. Provides referrals to existing services in the Chicago area and creates new services where needed. Administered by Jewish Child and Family Services in collaboration with CJE SeniorLife, the Chicago Board of Rabbis and Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation. Programs available throughout the community.

Lake Shore Health Care & Rehabilitation Centre

7200 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: (773) 973-7200

Managed care, Medicare/Medicaid provider, 24-hour skilled care, respite care, respiratory care, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and hospice care.

Lutheran General Hospital

Division of Genetics
1875 Dempster Street, Suite 310
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 723-7705
Web: http://www.advocatehealth.com/luth

Genetic testing and counseling.

Midwest Palliative and Hospice CareCenter

2050 Claire Court
Glenview, IL 60025
Phone: (847) 467-7423
Fax: (847) 556-1611
TTY: (800) 526-0857
Email: careinfo@carecenter.org
Web: http://www.carecenter.org
Contact: Rhonda Wehner, Coordinator of Jewish Care Services

Navigating a serious illness is never easy. Neither is the moment when you feel nothing can be done. That's when it helps to have someone by your side, reminding you and your loved ones that there is more that can be done. That your life always matters. Each year in 150 communities, Midwest CareCenter cares for each of its 3,200 patients as if they're the only one. The Jewish Care Services program offers care that is sensitive to Jewish practices and traditions, informed by rabbis, and delivered by a specially trained team.

National Foundation for Jewish Genetic Diseases

45 Sutton Place South
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 371-1030
Fax: (212) 319-5808

National Gaucher Foundation

2227 Idlewood Road
Suite 6
Tucker, GA 30084
Phone: (800) 504-3189
Email: ngf@gaucherdisease.org
Web: http://www.gaucherdisease.org

National MPS Society (Mucopolysaccharidosis)

P.O. Box 736
Bangor, ME 04402-0736
Phone: (207) 947-1445
Fax: (207) 990-3074
Email: info@mpssociety.org
Web: http://www.mpssociety.org
Contact: Barbara Wedehase

National Neimann-Pick Disease Foundation

22201 Riverpoint Trail
Carrollton, VA 23314
Phone: (804) 357-6774

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 HealthSystems

Genetic Counseling Services
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.

Partners In Healthcare

2601 Chestnut Ave.
Suite 2110
Glenview, IL 60026
Phone: (847) 904-5113
Fax: (847) 904-5116
Web: http://www.partners-healthcare.com

A home care agency that provides non-medical home care services to North Shore residents. Services range from bath visits for 1 hour to caring for hospice, dementia, and post hospital clients 24 hours per day.

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.

Refoenu Jewish Health Care Society

6707 N. Richmond Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 761-1892
Contact: Dr. Yaakov Friedman

Provides education, awareness and screening.

Reproductive Genetics Institute

2825 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 472-4900
Fax: (773) 871-5221
Email: rgiworld@gmail.com
Web: http://www.reproductivegenetics.com

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

Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center (Genetics Testing and Counseling)

1753 W. Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-5000, (312) 942-5000

Inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services, substance abuse service, pain center, specialized Alzheimer's service.

Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center Department of Neurology, Professional Bldg.

1725 W. Harrison St.
Suite 1106
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-4500

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

University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics Genetics Testing and Counseling

1801 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 996-5807, (312) 996-9134
Fax: (312) 413-8930
Contact: Jolie Matheson/Erin Carmany

Teaching and research center for medical and surgical specialties, psychiatric, obstetric and pediatric care.

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