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Providing oversight of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs aligns the health-related academic and clinical enterprises under a single umbrella to better serve the state’s health care needs and to align the academic and clinical missions of the health science colleges and patient care services. The Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs reports to the UIC Chancellor and works collaboratively with the UIC Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Through the integration of the university’s health care facilities and the educational, research and clinical programs of the seven health sciences colleges, the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs focuses on delivering the medical discoveries, clinical training, and personalized patient care that will improve the health of those in our communities and beyond.

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The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) provides comprehensive care, education, and research to train health care leaders and foster healthy communities in Illinois and beyond. A part of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), UI Health is a clinical enterprise that includes a 465-bed tertiary care hospital, 21 outpatient clinics, and 11 federally qualified Mile Square Health Center locations. With campuses in Chicago, Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Springfield, and Urbana, the health system  includes the academic and research activities of the seven UIC health science colleges:  Applied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy; the School of Public Health; and the Jane Addams College of Social Work. UI Health is dedicated to the pursuit of health equity.

UI Health remains committed to training the health care leaders of the future, and has already been responsible for significant training of the health care professionals across the state of Illinois. Including:

  • 1 in 3 IL physicians received training at UI Health
  • 1 in 5 IL physicians received their MD degree from the College of Medicine
  • Over 1 in 3 IL pharmacists trained at the College of Pharmacy
  • Over 8,000 practicing IL nurses trained at the College of Nursing
  • More than 1 in 3 IL dentists trained at the College of Dentistry
  • Nearly 1 in 4 IL social workers trained at the Jane Adams College of Social Work

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UI Health is a regional and national leader in advancing health equity through clinical services, health sciences education, research, and community partnerships, as demonstrated by Vital Signs such as these:

graphic reading: #1, The most pancreas transplants in the United States

#1 (Most) Pancreas Transplants in the U.S.
The UI Health Pancreas Transplantation program performs the most pancreas transplants in the Unites States. In addition, the UI Health Kidney Transplant Program is #1 in the Midwest (Region 7) for the highest volume of kidney transplants performed in the region. (Calendar Year 2021).

graphic reading: 35.4%, The number of construction vendors who are BEP certified

Exceeding BEP Goals for the Specialty Care Building
As construction on the new Specialty Care Building nears completion, UI Health is on track to exceed several goals of the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Act, which fosters an inclusive and equitable business environment. UI Health committed to 20% of professional services and 30% of construction vendors as BEP vendors. To date, we have exceeded our goals with 20.3% of professional services and 35.4% of construction vendors as BEP certified.

graphic reading: 6, the number of partners providing clinical services at 55th & Pulaski

Six Clinical Partners Involved in Health Collaborative
The 55th & Pulaski Health Collaborative is bringing health equity to the Gage Park and West Elsdon communities through the clinical partnership of UI Health, the Colleges of Medicine and Applied Health Sciences, and three federally qualified health centers: Alivio Medical Center, Friend Family Health Center, and UI Health Mile Square Health Center.

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University of Illinois Chicago is the largest and only public research university in Chicago. With over 30,000 students across 16 colleges, UIC offers a diverse, academic environment to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing our communities and the world. Most recently, UIC was recognized by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education as the 23rd best public university in the nation.

UIC is one of 131 institutions in the U.S. to receive the highest classification for research by the Carnegie Foundation. The university is one of only fourteen institutions in the country that is designated as both a Carnegie 1 Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution. In fiscal year 2020, UIC established a new research record with sponsored research awards surpassing the $400 million mark for the first time in the university’s history.