Medical Home Network's new model of patient­ centered care for Chicago's safety net patients proving effective at La Rabida



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CHICAGO, Jan. 5, 2015/ Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative/ -- Melanie Maeda is one of the new health care professionals making a difference on the front lines of safety net health care in Chicago. Maeda's title is Care Coordinator at La Rabida Children's Hospital, where she has worked for nearly two years, as part of Medical Home Network's initiative to help Medicaid patients from some of the most underserved neighborhoods in Chicago to get the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

Medical Home Network (http://www.mhnchicago.org/) is a Chicagobased health care collaborative devoted to transforming health care delivery for Chicago Medicaid patients by fostering collaboration and innovation among safety net providers. Health care providers, like La Rabida (http://www.larabida.org/), work directly with Medical Home Network to implement a new model of care, which is anchored by care coordinators who combine the efforts of institutions and leverage unprecedented virtual connectivity and technology to benefit the overall health care for almost 200,000 Chicagoarea Medicaid patients. Care coordinators, like Maeda, play an important role throughout the Medical Home Network community, which includes 16 hospitals and more than 150 primary care medical home sites.

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