15900 Cicero Ave.Oak Forest, IL 60452
Phone: (708) 687-7200
The Immediate Care Center at Oak Forest Health Center is no longer open.
With locations across Cook County, you can connect with care that is close to you.
We can help you select a medical home and schedule your appointment by calling the CCHHS Patient Support Center at 312-864-0200.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
During the first week of December, 1910 the Oak Forest Institutions, known as the ‘poor farm’, opened to provide food and shelter for the indigent population of Cook County. The daily average population was 1,694. The simultaneous opening of the tuberculosis infirmary, along with the poor farm gave the facility a health care mission from the start.
The availability of Social Security and other general assistance programs started an exodus of able-bodied adults from the facility in the 1940’s, as did the development of drug therapy for tuberculosis in the 1950’s. Gradually, an emphasis on geriatric, chronically ill and disabled patients was established. In 1956, Oak Forest Institutions officially became Oak Forest Hospital (OFH), licensed to care for the chronically ill and the tubercular. In 1964, acute care services were established at OFH to meet in-hospital needs of long-term care and short-term rehab patients, along with comprehensive rehabilitative services.
By the end of the 1970’s, the Cook County Board charged the hospital with responsibility for managing and supporting three primary care, community-based outpatient clinics, located in Ford Heights, Phoenix and Robbins, now part of the Ambulatory and Community Health Network (ACHN). In 1983, OFH started its innovative Ventilator Care Program, the first of its kind in the state of Illinois. Integration of infectious disease medical services occurred in the mid-1990’s. During this period, efforts were set in place for purchasing, inventory, contract management, and clinical and information system integration, including expansion of on-site outpatient clinical services such as pharmacy, podiatry and eye clinic services.
Press Ganey Associates, Inc. named OFH a 2008 Compass Award Winner. Press Ganey partners with more than 7,000 health care facilities to measure and improve the quality of their care. OFH, one of 405 facilities, earned recognition as a ‘top performer on key quality measures’ for 2010 from the Joint Commission.
Oak Forest Health Center
15900 South Cicero Ave.
Oak Forest, IL 60452
For appointments, call (708) 633-4293.