Cinespace Chicago Film Studios is proud to announce a five-year pledge of $50,000 to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital in support of the Pediatric Mobile Medical Unit. The doctor’s “office on wheels” takes primary care to children in underserved communities on Chicago’s South Side.
The 38-foot-long Comer Children’s Hospital Pediatric Mobile Medical Unit, fully equipped with two exam rooms, came to visit the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios campus last week. Doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers, the mobile unit driver, and members of the administration met with staff from Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, CineCare’s Foundation, the Independent Film Alliance and NBC’s “Chicago Med.” The staff from the country’s second-largest film studio took an opportunity to tour the mobile unit and talk about the work the medical team does in the neighborhood.
“We value our role as a civic leader and believe that this entails ‘giving back’ to the residents of underserved communities in Chicago. Supporting access to health care for all is part of our vision for creating a thriving community,” said Alex Pissios, President and CEO of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. “The Comer Children’s Pediatric Mobile Medical Unit is providing such an important role in the health and happiness of many Chicago area children. If we can help more kids get their shots or the treatment they need so that they can stay in school, the entire community will benefit in the long run,” he added.
Comer Children’s Pediatric Mobile Medical Unit
The Comer Children’s Pediatric Mobile Medical Unit provides an array of pediatric primary care services, such as:
Physicals for school and sports
Screenings for vision, hearing, lead poisoning and anemia
Laboratory testing, if indicated
Acute care for illness or minor injuries
The mobile unit program also offers health education in the classroom setting for students, parents, and teachers. Mental health assessments are provided at two high schools, with access to counseling if indicated. When appropriate, children are referred for follow-up care and specialty services to manage conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or mental health problems.
“The Mobile Medical Unit is an attempt to improve access and meet the need for direct medical services. Community outreach is rewarding because we can provide services that may improve the health and future of children and, thus, the strength of the community as a whole,” said Icy Cade-Bell, MD, Medical Director of the Pediatric Mobile Medical Unit. “We are delighted to have Cinespace as a major sponsor of this important service.”
Each year, the Pediatric Mobile Medical Unit visits several elementary and high schools in communities on the South Side of Chicago, including Woodlawn, South Shore, Englewood, and Greater Grand Crossing.
Back row: Cinespace Chicago Film Studios leadership team Dino Mirkopoulos, Former Alderman Ed Smith, Cinespace leadership Nick Pissios, Co-COO and Mark Degnan, CFO with Presdient and CEO of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios Alex Pissios. | Front Row: Cinespace leadership Dean Pissios, Co-COO with Executive Director of the Independent Film Alliance Angie Gaffney, and Producer on “Chicago Med” Carla Corwin
About Cinespace Chicago Film Studios
Cinespace Chicago Film Studios is a family-owned company specializing in the development, management, and operation of studio space and support facilities for the film, television, and digital media production industry. With 31 sound stages on its 1.45 million square foot main campus in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, and additional studios currently under construction at 31st and Kedzie, Cinespace is the largest film studio outside of California. Since opening in 2011, Cinespace has helped bring more than 16,000 new jobs to the area.