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CHC's History

Children's Habilitation Center opened it doors in February 1972 with a mission to provide quality care to children. Dr. Lowell Zollar, MD along with founding members, David Markle, William Love, Pearl Rawls, Eben Lighfoot, and Donald Blives, were visionaries of long-term care for medically fragile infants.

The evolution of services happened slowly over time. The first major evolution involved the admission of residents with gastrostomy tubes for nutrition. The second transformation included the addition of medical services for residents with respiratory related illnesses requiring tracheotomies.

Although our mission has always been to provide quality care to children, our focus of care has been refined over years. We were originally licensed for 148 beds. As our services matured, there were also many changes within the facility. The level of care increased resulting in the need for additional professional and licensed staff. The new additions to professional staff included Respiratory Therapists, Physical Therapists, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants and a Registered Dietitian.

Children's Habilitation Center provides onsite educational services to our children. The educational program is certified by the Illinois State Board of Education. The program has accreditation by the National Association of Special Education Teachers. Even our youngest children, those under the age of three years old, receive educational services in our early childhood development programs.

Today, CHC is licensed by IL Department of Public Health for 67 beds. We continue to serve the most medically fragile infants and children who require complex medical care, including transitional and long-term care. Pamela Markle is the Chief Executive Officer and Licensed Administrator.

The vision grows stronger each and everyday.

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