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Asthma Vans Win CHEST Foundation’s 2018 Community Service Award

IMG_6558Mobile Care Chicago was presented with the Community Service Award at the CHEST Foundation’s meeting in San Antonio on October 8th, 2018. The award is given to just three organizations in the country was in recognition of Mobile Care’s home environment assessment program. This program helps children and families with severe, uncontrolled allergic-asthma avoid the ER, miss less school, and breathe more easily.

In children with allergic asthma, allergens like dust, mold, mildew, and tobacco smoke, etc cause their lung airways to close. Mobile Care’s home assessment program couples clinic care with a community health worker to help families identify and eliminate triggers in their home.

Last year alone, with funding from the EPA Region 5, 50 children received home assessments and saw dramatic improvements in their asthma symptoms. They also missed less school and had to go to the ER less.

Mobile Care Chicago began providing home environment assessments in 2012 for children who struggled to breathe, and frequently ended up in local ER’s or even in intensive care for asthma. In 2013, we partnered with the local chapter of the American Lung Association to fix the problems we found in the homes of our patients. The ALA has been an incredible partner, providing vacuum cleaners, mattress and pillow covers that block allergens, cleaning solutions that can be used by people with asthma, and even in some extreme cases, gutting walls where mold has been found or replacing mattresses.

Mobile Care would like to thank all of the partners, donors, and foundations that have made this work possible. In the coming year, Mobile Care will work to expand this program and provide more of these life-changing home assessments for children with allergic-asthma.

Speediatrics Fun Day Festival


The Event

Join Mobile Care and the NASCAR Foundation at the Chicagoland Speedway for a free day of race-themed fun.

From 9AM to 11AM, there will be fun activities including:

  • Q&A with NASCAR drivers
  • Pinewood Derby car race
  • Pit stop tire race
  • Temporary tattoo station
  • and more

After Speediatrics, families are welcome to stay for a day of NASCAR racing. Kids under 12 get in free, and tickets for parents are $35. You do not have to stay the full day to have fun at Speediatrics. We welcome everyone!



Where & When


Chicagoland Speedway – Champions Parks
500 Speedway Blvd
Joliet, IL 604333

Go through gate 4 and park for free in lots A or B


Jeff Butke, Development Manager

Cheers for Children’s Health May 23rd

Please join us May 23rd for drinks and hors d’oeuvres at a benefit hosted by Winston & Strawn and help us send mobile clinics to children in need of care.




Picture of inviteTickets can be purchased here.

If you are unable to make it, but would like to make a donation to sponsor a child’s care, you may do so here.

More about the Event

Please join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres at a benefit hosted by Winston & Strawn. Mobile Care sends mobile clinics to children in need and is committed to treating every child that enters our clinic – regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

Help us continue to make that possible while enjoying an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and stunning city views.

Where & When

The event space at Winston & Strawn:
35 W Wacker – 47th Floor
Wed. May 23rd, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Transportation & Parking

CTA: A short walk from the State/Lake Red line stop and Clark/Lake Brown/Purple/Blue/Green/Pink/Orange line stop.

Most convenient parking: The Theatre District Parking (181 N. Dearborn) behind the building. It is a self park garage.


Jeff Butke, Development Manager


Click here for tickets.
Click here to sponsor a child’s care and we’ll have one in your honor.

LogiQuip gives Mobile Care an Upgrade

IMG_08551LogiQuip, a healthcare storage solutions company, generously donated their time, products, and expertise to make us more efficient and even better prepared to deliver no-cost care to kids that need it the most.

Being a doctor’s office on wheels presents a lot of challenges-every inch matters. LogiQuip sent down two of their employees with storage solutions for the Asthma Vans’ home base. Our team is excited for a new system that will allow us to spend less time prepping and more time in the field helping kids stay healthy, happy, and active.

Thank you LogiQuip!






Roseland Community Initiative Honored with 25th Annual Premier Cares Award

The Roseland Community Initiative was launched by Mobile Care Chicago in 2013 in partnership with local schools and Roseland Community Hospital. The Initiative has three components:

  1. Asthma educators stationed within the hospital’s emergency department, as well as local schools, educate families on children’s respiratory issues and how to best manage them;
  2. Asthma Vans provide no-cost, ongoing, comprehensive medical care to effectively manage asthma and severe allergies. This shifts patients away from reliance on emergency medicine by ensuring that they have the routine care that they need; and
  3. Home inspections identify asthma triggers in the home and help families eliminate them.

This three-pronged approach has resulted in over 80% reduction in pediatric emergency department utilization for asthma. In addition, it has dramatically reduced hospitalizations and school absenteeism.

To date, Mobile Care Chicago has received three awards for the Roseland Community Initiative, underscoring just how impactful mobile medical clinics can be.

This program has been made possible by the generous support of Mobile Care’s donors and the following organizations:

  • Illinois Department of Public Health, Title V Grant
  • American Lung Association in Greater Chicago
  • Field Foundation of Illinois
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • The Crown Family
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • Albert Pick, Jr. Fund

Mobile Care Chicago and Roseland Community Hospital Win Hospital Charitable Services Award

A Landmark Collaboration Lowered ER Visits by Over 80%

A joint project by Mobile Care Chicago and Roseland Community Hospital, called the Roseland Community Initiative, was announced as the winner of the Hospital Charitable Services Award for Programs of Excellence. The award recognizes “programs that have demonstrated excellence in community impact, innovation, collaboration, leading practices and transferability.” Only ten winners were chosen nationally.

The award celebrates a landmark collaboration between Roseland Community Hospital and Mobile Care Chicago to pair “frequent flier” asthma pediatric patients from Roseland Community Hospital’s Emergency Department with Mobile Care Chicago’s Asthma Van, transitioning children from ER dependence to preventative care conveniently located within blocks of most family’s homes. Since Mobile Care’s Asthma Educators started coordinating with Roseland Community Hospital in 2013, pediatric asthma admittance has been cut by over 80%. That represents more than 500 children living a better life.

“Unmanaged chronic conditions make up the bulk of soaring healthcare costs,” says Matt Siemer, Executive Director of Mobile Care Chicago. “But translating that acknowledgement into action is an incredible challenge because the barriers low-income families grapple with are things like transportation, erratic work schedules, and lack of resources. Each family is unique. To solve these problems, you have to proactively link families to the services they need. We’re proud to have been able to do that through our partnership with Roseland Community Hospital.”

“You can’t quantify what this intervention meant to the children and families given access to free, on-going, and convenient preventative care through this partnership,” says Tim Egan CEO of Roseland Community Hospital. “The New Roseland Community Hospital added this important initiative as part of our wider Strategic Plan, which emphasizes the best, most innovative care for our patients. We’re honored to share this award with Mobile Care Chicago, to have our collaboration recognized nationally, and to bring greater levels of innovation to our community.”

“These programs are demonstrating innovative approaches to impacting lives in their local communities and around the nation,” said Charles R. Evans, FACHE, Chairman of the Hospital Charitable Services Awards program. “But what makes them truly extraordinary is their missional commitment to serving others.”

Jackson Healthcare instituted the Hospital Charitable Services Awards in 2010 to identify high-impact community health programs, share their stories and offer them as models for other communities to replicate.

Mobile Care’s Asthma Vans and Dental Vans currently provide services to over 10,000 children annually. During its 17 year history, Mobile Care’s clinics have consistently cut ER use and hospitalization for its patients to near zero while asthma and oral health issues have remained the top causes of preventable Emergency Department use in Cook County.

Mobile Care Chicago’s Asthma Educators, which formed the backbone of the partnership, were funded through grants from the Illinois Department of Public Health Title V, the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago, the Field Foundation of Illinois, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Crown Family, and the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation.

Mobile Care also won the American Lung Association’s 2016 Impact Award!

Learn how you can help support this award-winning work


Mobile Care Chicago Names Matt Siemer as New Executive Director

mattMobile Care Chicago has named Matt Siemer, most recently Mobile Care’s Director of Operations, to the position of Executive Director. The transition is part of a larger strategy to deepen the organization’s commitment to managing chronic diseases in children, both through innovations in Mobile Care’s current Asthma and Dental programs as well as through new collaborations within Chicago’s changing healthcare landscape.

“Unmanaged chronic diseases are among the top drivers of skyrocketing healthcare costs in Chicago,” says Board Chair Jonathan Weatherly. “For years Mobile Care’s Asthma and Dental Vans have demonstrated that when given access to the same specialty care as their higher income peers, children from underserved neighborhoods thrive and the whole city of Chicago benefits from their greater activity, alertness, and lack of time spent in Emergency Departments. Yet we’re seeing that for many children it’s harder than ever to access urgently needed quality care. We must do more, and no one understands how to drive our mission forward better than Matt.”

“It’s been an honor to work alongside such a dedicated and passionate staff, not to mention a Board that each year thinks strategically and deeply about our mission and growth,” says Matt Siemer. “We’re all committed to meeting the needs of our patients and reaching a greater number of kids currently unable to receive adequate health care. No child with a chronic condition should be without medical care, and I’m excited to continue Mobile Care’s remarkable success reaching those kids.”

Mobile Care’s Asthma Vans and Dental Vans currently provide initial screenings to over 20,000 children annually, and adopted the on-going specialty care of 2,000 children with chronic conditions last year. During its 17 year history, Mobile Care’s clinics have consistently cut ER use and hospitalization for its patients to near zero while asthma and dental carries have remained the top causes of preventable Emergency Department utilization in Cook County.

Matt Siemer has been with Mobile Care for nearly five years, serving the last four as Director of Operations. During that time, in addition to managing operations and fundraising, he shepherded the Board through the organization’s current Strategic Plan and implemented the launch of both the Mobile Dental Program and the Children’s Health Van through a landmark partnership with Presence Health.

Meepware Designs Ways to Help Kids with Asthma

When Chase and Julian Mazzier started the Meepware t-shirt line a year ago, they had a creative plan to give back, while also learning how to run a business.

Drawing on the power of the Meep, a fictitious word that can sub in for a noun, verb, or adjective to boost the fun level in any utterance, Chase and Julian began designing and selling t-shirts, donating the proceeds to Mobile Care. “We can relate to the kids that come to the van in that I have asthma and allergies and Julian my brother has a food allergy,” Chase says. “We thought it was the perfect choice.” Chase and Julian recently stopped by the Asthma Van to present Mobile Care with a $500 donation check and complementary shirts for Asthma Van patients.

Using creative tags like “The Meepball is in the Sauce” and “Dude W. T. Meep” over vividly colored shirts, Meepware has become a phenomenon—promoted online through a website Chase and Julian designed themselves, and sold at mini events orchestrated by the brothers. “The most fun part in my opinion has been doing our mini events where we sell them at yard sales or block parties,” Chase says. And they’re planning more. This year, Meepware is coming out with a new line, featuring collaborations with guest designers.

Chase and Julian first heard about the Asthma Van through their allergist (and Mobile Care co-founder), Dr. Paul Detjen. “We have been going to Dr. Detjen for a very long time. I still go to him for allergy shots every other week,” says Chase. Since Dr. Detjen also volunteers his time to train Mobile Care’s Asthma Van staff, Mobile Care’s patients can expect the same high level of care that Chase and Julian receive, care that allows them to live healthy and active lives, which in the case of Chase and Julian means travel soccer and music.

Mobile Care asked Chase if he had any words of wisdom for other people with asthma. “My advice is to listen to and trust your allergist and to not give in to your asthma,” he says, “and to not let your asthma control your life.” Wise words, indeed. Many thanks to Chase and Julian Mazzier – giving back, one meep at a time!

Asthma Vans Win ALA’s 2016 Impact Award

The American Lung Association in Greater Chicago named Mobile Care Chicago the 2016 Impact Award winner!

The honor came as a recognition not only of the Asthma Vans’ 16 year history of adopting the medical care for children otherwise unable to access the healthcare system, but also for our work transitioning children from the Emergency Department out to preventative care. Since Mobile Care’s Asthma Educators started working with Roseland Community Hospital two years ago, their pediatric asthma admittance rate has been cut by 58%.

Last year, Mobile Care’s Asthma Vans adopted the specialty care of 1,086 children–many of whom had no access to an asthma and allergy specialist before coming to Mobile Care. After joining the program, 94% of patients reported no visits to Emergency Departments for asthma. The Asthma Vans also surveyed 11,049 children for asthma in low-income areas where an asthma diagnosis is widely unavailable.

Tim Egan accepts the ALA's 2016 Impact Award

CEO Tim Egan accepts the ALA’s 2016 Impact Award

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Mobile Care Launches Children’s Health Van, Partnership with Presence Health

On September 23rd, Mobile Care Chicago and Presence Health will launch a new mobile clinic called the “Children’s Health Van” to help low-income children receive access to an impressive range of medical services including immunizations and child physicals, in addition to Mobile Care’s existing specialty care for children with asthma and allergies.

“Every year there are children kept out of CPS schools for lack of required immunizations and physicals,” explained Mobile Care’s CEO, Tim Egan. “Overwhelmingly, these children are in low-income areas where access is a barrier. The result is that kids already at an economic disadvantage are seeing that barrier impact their school attendance and health. Our goal, as always, is to knock down that barrier.”

Nearly 15,000 children were kept out of CPS schools in 2014 because they were not compliant with state mandates, and nearly 45,000 children were in jeopardy of medical suspension. The gap in health care access is often due to the absence of a reliable Primary Care Provider (PCP), an issue which Presence Health can address.

Presence Health will allow Mobile Care Chicago to make referrals to PCP’s inside of its service area, allowing the new Children’s Health Van to treat both the immediate need of the child and the systemic need for on-going access to a health care provider. The initial service range for the expansion will coincide with the service area for Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.

Mobile Care Chicago is a non-profit organization which provides no-cost medical and preventative care, education, and support to low-income children and families aboard mobile clinics. The organization maintains, in addition to the Children’s Health Van, an Asthma Van and two Dental Vans. All told, Mobile Care Chicago’s clinics provide health care to over 5,000 children per year.

Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, offering more than 150 locations around the state. Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center has been delivering compassionate medical care for over 100 years, and now includes 500 physicians in 40 specialties.

For more information, please contact Matt Siemer, Director of Operations, at