Illinois Medical Service Firms Merge to Form Affinity Healthcare
by Tabitha Berg
The internal medicine/family practice medical group practices formerly named Greater Northwest Medical Group, North Suburban Internists and Adult Care Specialists have merged to become Affinity Healthcare, LLC.
Twenty-six Internal Medicine physicians, a Family Practice physician, two Gastroenterologists, three Certified Physician Assistants, 44 RNs and Medical Assistants, a physician Medical Director of Radiology and staff of 15 radiology technicians, four Physical Therapists, and a Registered Dietician comprise the clinical staff of Affinity Healthcare. The administrative and support staff brings the total number of Affinity Healthcare employees to 178.
The mission of this new healthcare entity, projected to serve approximately 100,000 patients annually through offices located at 1051 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL, 1538 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, 1300 Busch Parkway, Buffalo Grove, and 201 E. Strong Avenue, Wheeling is:
Affinity Healthcare To continuously evolve, applying leading edge innovation, and placing our patientsâ€™ needs first and foremost at every level of Affinity Healthcare. We are dedicated to delivering unique, high quality, and convenient healthcare services based on this patient-focused approach.
The physicians chose the â€œAffinity Healthcareâ€? name because it stands for dedication to developing close connections with patients to maintain their health, with the community to create an environment that enhances quality of life, and with healthcare co-workers and colleagues who a share patient-focused approach..
According to Affinity Healthcareâ€™s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Hartke, â€œOur vision for Affinity Healthcare will be achieved by applying the highest standards of healthcare quality and patient service, and continuously adding convenient new healthcare services, aligned with our patient-focused mission.â€?
One example of this theory in action is the opening of Affinity Healthcareâ€™s Immediate Care center, located at 1051 W. Rand Road in Arlington Heights. This center is open 7 days a week, including holidays, with the exception of Christmas Day. Both established and non-affiliated patients of Affinity Healthcare have the opportunity to receive high quality walk-in care, at their convenience, for treatment of non-life threatening illnesses, as well as routine follow-up office visits for chronic conditions, physicals, and occupational health exams.
Mr. Hartke explains, â€œInternal Medicine physicians with extensive experience treating patients in the Immediate Care setting will see patients for the same cost and insurance co-payment as a primary care office visit, and we will submit claims for patients. To ensure quality and continuity of care, we will either provide information regarding the patientâ€™s visit directly to their Affinity Healthcare physician, or to the patient to give to their physician outside of Affinity Healthcare, for inclusion in the patientâ€™s medical record.â€?
For more information on the providers, locations, and services of Affinity Healthcare, visit our website at: www.affinitydocs.com.
About Affinity Healthcare: Established in 2007, Affinity Healthcare LLC was created by the merger of the Northwest Chicago Suburban medical practices formerly named Greater Northwest Medical Group, North Suburban Internists, and Adult Care Specialists. Affinity Healthcare offers Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, Diagnostic Imaging, Physical Therapy, and Nutritional Counseling by appointment, and Immediate Care walk-in physician visits.
The practice also frequently participates in Clinical Trial research studies. Affinity Healthcare treats approximately 100,000 patients at offices located in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, and Wheeling, IL.