Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the services on this page may have changed. For up-to-date information, please visit our Operating Status page.
The Captain James A. Lovell FHCC cares about your health and wellbeing. We have implemented additional precautionary measures for the health and safety of patients, staff and volunteers to help lessen the risk of exposure and possible spread of the Coronavirus. All patients/visitors entering the Main Hospital are screened for symptoms in their vehicles at the gates. The main patient/visitor entrances are: Building 133CA- Blue Canopy entrance, 133EF- Circle Drive, 133EF- Blue Canopy entrance.
All patient wards are closed to outside visitors and all patient activities have been suspended in both the CLC and Bourke Hall Bldg. 4 until further notice.
Volunteering at the FHCC has been temporarily suspended until further notice with few exceptions. The Annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon has been postponed as well. Notification will be sent out once activities resume and a date for the luncheon has been set.
The most important factor is your health. Please take care of yourself and stay healthy. We will get through this together.
KENNETH L. LIST
Chief, Community Affairs
Other news for our volunteers
Know that we miss you and look forward to the day when we will see you again at Lovell Federal Health Care Center. The FHCC relies on the generosity of our hundreds of volunteers, and donors, to enrich the lives of our patients.
Through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, we all will continue to promote our mission of "Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes" - with your help
We always look for ways to make things more convenient. We've begun holding "Tele-Town Halls"- with great success. Watch our Facebook page for times and dates, https://www.facebook.com/lovellfhcc/, or call 224-610-3714 to ask about the next one.
Patients participate via phone, from the comfort of their living rooms or wherever they choose to be when they answer their phones.
For detailed information on our town halls, you may also see listings on our website calendar of events: https://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/calendar.asp.
Also on our calendar of events, which also can be linked to under "News and Events" on the front page of our website, once the pandemic is over, our Whole Health classes will resume. Whole Health is another exciting thing going on here at the FHCC. Free classes include yoga, Tai Chi and meditation.
Stay-tuned for new Whole Health Classes to be added at our Community Based Outpatient Clinics!
Speaking of Whole Health, many patients start their Whole Health journey by attending our two-hour (usually less) Orientation to Whole Health. There you learn about the Whole Health concept and individualized Whole Health coaching, the key to getting started. Once our regular schedule resumes after the pandemic, these classes are offered at 10 a.m. on Thursdays here at our main hospital; however, we will schedule this class individually, based on participants' schedules. Just ask!
For anything Whole Health, including information about when classes will resume and to sign up, contact the Whole Health hotline at 224-610-7609.
In terms of patient care, go to our flu shot page for info. on how you can get vaccinated: https://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/Influenza_Season.asp
You may also get the Shingles vaccine "Shingrix" at our Community Based Outpatient Clinics and at the main hospital in North Chicago.
Our volunteers keep busy, too. Volunteers are helping in different capacities, such as Red Coat Ambassadors at the front door. And volunteers are key to "My Life, My Story." Volunteers are trained to take down patients’ stories, to include in their medical records. The thought is that providers and clinicians will benefit from knowing their patients a little better, which will translate into better patient care. Let us know if you are interested in helping.
As always, thank you for what you do for our patients!
Kenny List, Chief, Community Affairs/Voluntary Service
Volunteers provide many important functions throughout the health care facility and help make our patients' stay more satisfying. Volunteers can perform a number of services, and a volunteer's talents are closely matched with one of our many assignments.
To volunteer, call or make an appointment to visit the Lovell FHCC Voluntary Service Office. We will be happy to receive your application or discuss how you can help us in our mission to provide comfort and care to America's Veterans and members of the military.
Monetary and non-monetary contributions are gratefully accepted and used for meeting particular needs and requirements for the welfare and comfort of our Veteran patients. Some of the more popular donated items include newspaper subscriptions and other reading materials to include paperback books, magazines (no older than three months). We also accept gently used clothing (men and women) that is clean and in good condition. Items for donation may be dropped off Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Please call in advance (224) 610-3714. All donations will be acknowledged in writing.
Additionally donated funds fully support patient activities, monthly birthday parties, community outings, support group luncheons, recreation events and a variety of services and programs. A complete list of routine material donation needs and monetary donation accounts is available upon request from Voluntary Service-Community Affairs at (224) 610-3714.
Individuals or groups wishing to make monetary donations to the medical center for the benefit of the patients should make checks payable to the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center and mail them to:
Captain James A. Lovell
Federal Health Care Center
Community Affairs (135)
3001 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064
To contact Voluntary Service, please call 224-610-3714.