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Founded in 1943, Hektoen Institute of Medicine is one of the largest medical nonprofit organizations in Chicago. For over 70 years, it has promoted medical learning, education, and research in order to extend the boundaries of knowledge and improve the care of the sick. Today, Hektoen continues to advance its mission by providing the administrative infrastructure for a $30-million portfolio of grant-funded programs on behalf of local government agencies, principal investigators, and nonprofit organizations. These programs provide critical basic health services and well as ground-breaking research to improve health outcomes for Chicago’s most vulnerable populations.

Hektoen provides a full suite of grant administration services for investigators conducting research in a variety of areas, including HIV treatment and prevention, behavioral health, oncology, healthcare associated infections, medical informatics, and more. With Hektoen’s administrative backing, our investigators have secured funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and countless other public and private funders to advance basic science, translational, and applied clinical research.



The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center is a clinic for the prevention, care, and research of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases located in Chicago, Illinois. The Center uses a “one-stop-shopping” model to offer patients all the services they need under one roof. Services include primary and specialty medical care, dental care, social and support services, prevention and education programs, and opportunities to participate in research. The Center also has an onsite screening clinic that offers confidential testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), confidential counseling and testing for HIV, and tuberculosis (TB) screening.

The CORE Center is committed to providing leadership in infectious disease research to help patients live longer, more comfortably and more independently. The performance of high quality research is central to the CORE Center’s mission, and the Research Department has broad experience with HIV research. Clinical research, behavioral science research and natural history studies are available to our patients, including pregnant women, children and adolescents. We conduct innovative and scientific studies that are patient-sensitive, using established methods and ethical principles. Research is designed and conducted to find better treatments for our patients and to improve our understanding of infectious diseases. This may involve new medications, vaccines, interviews and therapies. All studies are voluntary and available at no cost.

Stroger Hospital

In the proud tradition of its predecessor, Cook County Hospital, it remains at the forefront of new therapies and innovations in healthcare while never neglecting those in need. The John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County today continues to maintain the strong commitment of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System to the healthcare needs of Cook County’s underserved population, while also offering a full-range of specialized medical services for all segments of the community.