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Chestnut Health Systems started in 1974 as a substance use treatment provider. It began with two employees and one location. Chestnut has grown to 670 employees, serving people at nine locations throughout Illinois. Over the years, Chestnut added services including prevention, mental health treatment, housing, and credit counseling. Chestnut is a leader in researching evidence-based treatment.

In 2011, a detailed study of the the Bloomington-Normal community revealed a serious need for primary health care in the low-income community.

The study showed that many residents in the community did not have primary care physicians and were using local hospital emergency rooms for non-emergency needs. Ultimately, Chestnut decided to create a community health center that would be able to provide quality care for all residents, regardless of their ability to pay. That’s when Chestnut Family Health Center (CFHC) was created.

In 2012, CFHC successfully applied to become a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and received funding to support expansion of services and staff in Bloomington/Normal.

In 2015, CFHC successfully applied for and received Health Resources and Services Administration funds to open a second FQHC site in Granite City, IL which is located with existing Chestnut behavioral health programs. 

While originally created to serve the Bloomington/Normal community, we have successfully expanded to serve Madison and McLean Counties. We provide comprehensive, patient-centered medical and behavioral health care to over 2,000 patients annually.

We believe that everyone deserves access to high quality, affordable health care that is delivered with respect by compassionate and qualified professionals. Because of our commitment to our patients we have earned accreditation by The Joint Commission and Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) certification. Because of our PCMH status, our patients benefit from having access to an interdisciplinary team of medical and behavioral health providers.

We continually work to eliminate any barriers that may keep our patients from accessing our services. We do this by providing comprehensive care management, assistance with transportation costs, access to a reduced-price pharmacy; onsite laboratories; and translation services.

As one of Chestnut Health Systems’ newer programs, Chestnut Family Health Center’s history dates back only to 2011 compared to Chestnut Health Systems’ origins in 1973.


August 2011

Opened primary care services under the name Chestnut Family Health Center at 702 W. Chestnut St., Bloomington, IL located with Chestnut’s Adult Substance Use Disorder treatment program.


May 2012

Received FQHC designation and funding to support expansion of services and staff at 702 W. Chestnut St. Served 894 unduplicated patients.


May 2013

Participated in first Health Resources and Services Administration Compliance Site Visit.


February 2015

Relocated Bloomington location from 702 W. Chestnut St. to renovated property at 720 W. Chestnut St. Increased physical space from 2,000 to 4,000 square feet.

October 2015

Completed The Joint Commission survey and received Ambulatory Care Accreditation and Primary Care Medical Home Certification.

Implemented Electronic Health Record, eClinicalWorks.

December 2015

Received Health Resources and Services Administration funds to open second federally qualified health center site at 50 Northgate Industrial Dr. in Granite City, Illinois collocated with existing Chestnut Health Systems' behavioral health programs. Added 12 staff. Served 2,010 patients in calendar year 2015 across both sites.


April 2016

Participated in second Health Resources and Services Administration Compliance Site Visit.

November 2016

Completed additional renovations to the Bloomington 720 W. Chestnut St. site adding an additional 4,000 square feet. 

Increased number of patients served to 2,115.


March 2019

Relocated Bloomington site from 8,000 square feet facility at 720 W. Chestnut St. to renovated 32,000 square feet facility at 702 W. Chestnut St.

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