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What is CINCCH?

Dr. Fran Weaver, CINCCH Director welcomes you to our web site and describes our center.

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Saul Weiner, MD

UIC Researcher of the Year

Dr. Saul Weiner CINCCH Deputy Director, awarded 2013 Distinguished Researcher by UIC Vice Chancellor for Research.

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Sara M. Locatelli, PhD

Craig Neilsen Fellowship

Sara Locatelli PhD Post-doc Fellow, awarded Craig Neilsen Fellowship to do psychosocial research in the spinal cord injuries and disorders population.

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CMC3 is now CINCCH

Our Intended Audience - VA researchers and research staff, VA providers and policy makers.

To our Visitors - Click on a specific CINCCH topics below or in the left gray side bar for information of interest.

Veterans with complex needs include those with multiple chronic illnesses (e.g., patients with neurological conditions and secondary conditions) or those with one or more conditions who have complicated social situations and/or use multiple healthcare systems (e.g., Medicare and VA).  To improve care and outcomes for Veterans with these needs, CINCCH investigators engage in research activities that enhance the provision of patient-centered, evidence-based care,  identify new effective models of healthcare delivery, and add value in care for patients with complex chronic care needs.

Our CINCCH Mission: To improve healthcare and outcomes for Veterans with complex chronic illnesses.

Goal #1

Goal #2

Goal #3

Patient and ProviderGoal #1

Improving Patient Centeredness through New Models of Care

To achieve this goal, the COIN will conduct research to: 1) test new ways to deliver patient-centered care using new health care delivery modalities (such as telehealth); and 2) enhance patient-provider communication (such as innovative patient and provider training) and decision making.

WheelchairGoal #2

Improving care and care delivery for Veterans with Neurological Conditions

This area of research will target Veterans with neurological conditions such as SCI/D, traumatic brain injury, and Parkinson’s disease with an emphasis on improving care and care delivery.  Areas of focus include: 1) characterizing, preventing and improving management of secondary conditions associated with these conditions; and 2) improving access to and coordination of care.

Patient and SurgeonGoal #3

Innovative research to improve specialty care delivery and optimize quality, outcomes and values for patients with complex chronic conditions.

Our efforts in specialty care delivery are focused on chronic kidney disease and cancer.  Investigators are working with the VHA National Program for Kidney Disease & Dialysis to improve care delivery for patients with chronic and advanced kidney disease.  In the area of cancer, our efforts are focused on developing innovative approaches to measure, track and improve the quality of cancer care.  We will leverage our experience and expertise in economics methods and evaluation to optimize care for Veterans with complex chronic conditions, with a particular focus on patients with dual healthcare coverage. 

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Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare


Hines VA Hospital

5000 S. 5th Avenue

P.O. Box 1033

Hines, IL 60141

phone 708-202-2414

FAX 708-202-2316