May/June 2017
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Dear Friends, 

As the turmoil in our federal and state government continues, what I keep seeing is the truly remarkable sense of "community" in this area. We know that when we "lift up" our neighbors, our community is healthier. 

The Vision Clinic held on April 22nd is a perfect example of community strength. It is only with the support of our sponsors and partner organizations like CURE, as well as the generosity of our community supporters like you, that we can continue to meet the need. You are truly appreciated.

In health,

The "Eyes" Have It!

On Saturday, April 22nd, 107 Community Nurse patients identified as having the highest need for vision services were treated at a one-day Vision Clinic at Community Nurse Health Center. Co-hosted by CURE (Collaborative Underserved Relief and Education) Network, and with medical partners Illinois College of Optometry, Midwestern University Chicago College of Optometry, Luneau Technologies, Premier Ophthalmic Services, and Modern Optical, adults and children were provided comprehensive vision exams and when needed, were able to select eyeglass frames and order prescription lenses.

One group of patients served at the Vision Clinic were children like Alex (pictured above), who required vision exams for kindergarten entrance. Not only did they get their exams done, but they also were able to order the glasses if they needed them. What a difference it will make for him to be able to see everything he needs to in the classroom!

"Addressing vision care needs can impact learning, job performance, home safety, and employment opportunities. When serious eye disease goes untreated, more serious health issues may result", explains Angela Curran, CEO of Community Nurse Health Center. "We are grateful to partner with CURE to meet the health needs of our patients."

Time, talent, and treasure!
Volunteer service is one of the biggest aspects of the successful Community Nurse story, and several very special volunteers were recently honored at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch for their service with us, and two more were celebrated in the local community for their volunteerism. 

Marge McGrath, pictured with Community Nurse CEO Angela Curran and Board  Chairperson Nick Chancellor, received the  Longest Years of Service Award  at our annual Volunteer Appreciation event in April. Marge, a dedicated volunteer, will celebrate 35 years of volunteering with Community Nu rse this fall! Stop by and say "hello" to Marge on Monday afternoons in The Community Shop!

Sheila Shultz, one of our most passionate book team volunteers, received the  Most Hours of Service Award . During the period of August 2016 through March of 2017, Sheila gave Community Nurse 313 hours! That is an incredible gift of her time and talents, and she definitely is a treasure!

The  Heart of Community Nurse Award is a special acknowledgement from the Board and Staff for the volunteer or staff member that exemplifies the mission and spirit of Community Nurse.
Sandy Ewalt  is known for her positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile. She is reliable and hardworking and takes pride in her role as a Community Nurse vol unteer. As one of our staff noted, "Sandy is a joy to work with  for both volunteers and staff!". We are so lucky to have Sandy on our Community Nurse team.

Finally, honored at the recent Aging Care Connections  Community Gems luncheon, were two other wonderful Community Nurse volunteers,  Joan Wielgos and  Jim Matthews . Joan has been a dedicated volunteer for Community Nurse since 1994, and Jim since 2003, and we are so grateful for their years of commitment to volunteer service with Community Nurse. They truly are precious "gems" to us!
The "Bake" is coming back!

Plan to join us for this fun event including a traditional lobster bake (or non-seafood) dinner celebrating the mission of Community Nurse with neighbors and friends.

Please contact Joan Metz, at or 
708-579-4780,  for information on the event, including sponsor packages and tickets.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor:

Hinsdale Bank and Trust is a supportive partner of the work we are doing at Community Nurse. For more information on their services, please go to

Our Mission
Community Nurse is dedicated to enhancing the health of our community. We serve as a community healthcare center for residents of the western suburbs of Chicago, focusing on those who have limited access to care.

Thank you for your support of the work we do everyday - together we are making the vision of a healthy community a reality!


Community Nurse Health Center 
23 Calendar Avenue 
La Grange, IL 60525 
p: 708-352-0081 
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