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SIHF Healthcare to host photos with Santa in East St. Louis

SIHF Healthcare will host “a very special opportunity” for children and families to get a photo with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23.

The event will take place in the 1st-floor lobby of SIHF Healthcare, 100 North 8th Street, East St. Louis.

“We will be providing free gifts to children, while they last, and will be able to print the photos on site,” said Hyacinth Burrage, health center manager. “We want to give back to the community during this special time of year, and Santa was kind enough to help us out by stopping by during his busiest time of the year.”

SIHF Healthcare is a community health center that accepts most insurance, including Aetna Better Health, BCBS IL Community Plan, Meridian Health Plan, Molina Health Plan, Medicaid, Medicare, and many commercial insurance plans. SIHF Healthcare can also see patients with no insurance and will assist in getting coverage through the state or federal marketplace.

SIHF Healthcare, at its 100 North 8th Street, East St. Louis location, offers:

  • Internal medicine with Dr. Bassam Albarcha; (618) 274-9105
  • Pediatric medicine with Dr. Akemie Gray; (618) 337-2597
  • Family medicine with Dr. John Magner and Tina Mond, DNP, APRN-FPA, FNP-C; (618) 337-2597
  • Behavioral health services with Dr. Christopher Loynd, Dr. Christopher Johnson, and Dr. Narsimha Muddasani; (618) 271-0130

About SIHF Healthcare
SIHF Healthcare operates a network of more than 30 health centers across 12 Illinois counties with more than 160 medical providers who deliver comprehensive healthcare services including adult, family, women’s health, pediatrics, dental services for children, behavioral health, and population health services. As one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Center networks in the country, SIHF Healthcare is devoted to leading individuals and communities to their healthiest lifestyle regardless of their ability to pay.

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  1. Hyacinth Burrage on December 5, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    Date correction – Friday, December 23, 2022

    • Editor on December 5, 2022 at 3:40 pm

      This has been corrected in the story content. Thank you!

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