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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.

New Pharmacy Hours
Effective June 30, 2014, 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

Let’s celebrate Responsible Parenthood

Many Americans are unaware that our nation has a new day of commemoration called Parents' Day. In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed into law the resolution unanimously adopted by the U. S. Congress establishing the fourth Sunday of every July as Parents' Day, a perennial day of commemoration similar to Mother's Day and Father's Day. According to the Congressional Resolution, Parents’ Day is established for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children." This year, we are celebrating it on July 27th.

The national observance of Parents’ Day is the result of a bipartisan, multiracial and interfaith coalition of religious, civic and elected leaders who recognized the need to promote responsible parenting in our society and to uplift ideal parental role models, especially for our nation's children.

Since the creation of this annual day of commemoration, local faith communities, elected officials and activists throughout the nation have creatively launched many activities around the theme of Parents' Day designed to celebrate and strengthen the traditional, two-parent family.

Parents' Day to be yet "another" day to honor parents, but rather a day when parents honor their children and the God-centered family ideal by rededicating themselves to manifest the highest standard of unconditional true love.

Why Parents' Day?

In every culture and time period, the family has stood as the most fundamental human institution with parents playing an important role in the family. Commitment to family has always been a core value at UHS. And commitment to health and wellness of family members is a significant foundation.

UHS has a lot of resources available for the parents to help make smart decisions when it comes to children’s health.

Free App– When you go to Patient Resources of this web site, we have an app called UpToDate, a patient information resource that answers your medical questions from the source that doctors trust.

Parents Health Line– When taking your children to our clinic for an office visit, our caring pediatricians and pediatric nurses are available to answer your questions at UHS on the most important parenting questions. Schedule the office visit with any of our Member Advocates at 312 423-4200 Ext. 3285.

Wellness Programs -Dealing with health concerns can be confusing and time-consuming. When health issues arise, UHS is here to help you as parents to successfully manage your family’s care, every step of the way through our Wellness Programs and Preventive Care Services. Whether you're trying to get healthy, stay healthy or live with a chronic illness, Union Health Service gives you the tools to improve your overall health and well-being.

Our wellness programs are easy to use and always available. Best of all, they’re part of your benefits. Our web site provides parents with more information. Check our Wellness programs for you and your family under Services and select Wellness.

Parents’ Day promotes the message that the role of the parent is important in human development. Let us celebrate this day as Responsible Parenthood Day, a commitment to a happy and healthy family.

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