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Union Health Service Inc.
1634 West Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60612
312-423-4200 Ext. 3231
Union Health Service Inc.
1634 West Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60612
312-423-4200 ext. 3262
Union Health Service Inc.
1634 West Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60612

We are described as many things, such as — a Voluntary Health Services Plans Corporation; a multi-specialty medical group; a not-for-profit health plan; or a staff-model managed care plan. Maybe it is simply best to call us "Union Health Service" or “UHS” — a tradition of providing high quality and cost-effective benefits to groups covering Chicago-area union members.

Good Ideas Catch On

Good ideas often pass the test of time. Many aspects of the way in which Union Health Service provides healthcare were innovative when we were organized in the 1950s. The innovation even required the passage of a new Illinois law (the Voluntary Health Services Plans Act) so that we could directly provide insured health care services through our own staff of physicians. Key provisions of the Act address: free choice of any staff physician; the private physician-patient relationship; confidentiality; no restrictions on the physician’s methods of diagnosis or treatment; and the inclusion of physicians in the company’s top management.

We took advantage of the new law to encourage members to select a primary care physician (PCP)


who, in turn, is involved in all aspects of the member’s care — coordination with specialty physicians; health education, and providing preventive services as well as follow-up care. Other “ahead-of-their-time" programs installed at UHS included: podiatry; colon cancer screening; electronic medical records; nutrition counseling.

And eventually good ideas catch on. The news is full of stories these days about encouraging health care trends, such as, the prominence of primary care physician, preventive care, health education, and electronic medical records. We agree; and have done so for a very long time.

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Home Gardens Or Supermarket Fruit & Vegetables; How Should Produce Be Stored?

By Sally Orloff, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE
UHS Registered Dietitian/ Diabetes Educator

As the month of May springs upon us, you might be getting the home garden started or maybe you take advantage of a neighborhood shared plot.  Gardening is good exercise and nothing is more prideful than cultivating that which will nourish your body. If you garden, great, but most people will get their produce in the store.  Probably even the person with a garden would still get some produce from the store.  It is often said to me that produce spoils too quickly and so a waste of money.  There are tips out there for enhancing shelf life.  For example, did you know it’s best to not wash berries in advance?  They will last longer if removed from the container and placed in the refrigerator not touching.  Wash just before eating.
Click here to view other produce storage tips.
Click here to learn 50 ways to increase produce (For tips #7 and 9 under breakfast – “whole” produce is much better than juicing or making into a smoothie).

Pharmacy Hours
Pharmacy hours have been extended on weekdays and Saturdays to cater to the varying needs of UHS plan members. New Pharmacy hours are:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday and Thursday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Closed Sundays and Major Holidays

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