About Us

Proviso's Best Kept Secret!

To find out how to enroll at PEHS School-based Health Center or to schedule an appointment, call 708.449.9522 or come in person to Rm 86B.

The students of Proviso East High School! The SBHC is run by Loyola University Chicago School of Nursing and funded by federal and state grants as well as private foundations. We are separate from the school nurse and provide services beyond the regular school nurse’s office. The SBHC is similar to a clinic you would visit, but we are housed in your school. Most student care is provided free of charge.

The SBHC Annual Report 2015

School and sports physicals are common reasons for using the SBHC.
Students may also visit for everything from headaches to minor injuries, menstrual cramps to stomach flu. We can put in stitches and give prescriptions for necessary medications. We evaluate illnesses, manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma, and treat urgent conditions as well. Students who wish to discuss sexually related concerns of mental health issues such as depression, grief, or anger management are welcome.

We have a staff of three part-time physicians, board certified in Family Medicine and Pediatrics, a Nurse Practitioner, and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, a mental health social worker, a community outreach and health educator, a dietician, and a medical assistant.

What To Expect

When you schedule a visit to our SBHC you can expect confidentiality, unless we determine there is a danger to yourself or others. A parental consent form is necessary for visits not related to sexual health or mental health. When you schedule your appointment a medical record chart is made for you. The information in your chart is accessible only to the SBHC staff unless you give us permission to share that information.

At your appointment you will be measured, weighed, and your blood pressure will be checked. We may determine various tests that are necessary. Many of those tests we take and get results immediately. Others we will take and send to an outside lab for results. Still other tests (like x-rays) may require you to schedule them outside of our SBHC. For those we will give you a prescription or an order, with directions on how to schedule those tests.

We also provide routine screening exams, like PAP and HPV tests for young women. We offer HIV, STD, and pregnancy tests and counseling.

A follow up appointment is often needed to check and see how you are doing with your care, much like a doctor’s office. The SBHC has a 24 hour answering service, through Loyola University Medical Center, so the students may reach us anytime they have questions.
Health Promotion

A large part of our work in the SBHC is health promotion and prevention. We provide health education in the classroom and many specific programs to promote the healthy development of adolescents. Our focus is on students and keeping you healthy and in school so you can meet your goals in education and in life.

Please stop by and say hello, even if you are feeling well. We enjoy meeting students and becoming involved in your lives.

Staff At The SBHC

Araceli McBeth,
is the Office Manager and Certified Medical Assistant at the SBHC. She has been a Certified Medical Assistant since 1994 and has worked at the SBHC since May 2002.  She is the first person you will see when you enter the Health Center, sitting at the front desk. She schedules appointments, answers phones, measures patient vital signs, performs laboratory procedures, and manages patient flow.  She is also the translator for Spanish speaking clients. Araceli is married and has three children, 3 dogs and 2 cats.  Her hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking, fishing, hiking and traveling.

Dr. Robert Miller, Co-Medical Director
earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College. He completed his residency at Rush-Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago.  In addition, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at St. Joseph Hospital -Midwest Orthopedics. His interest is in adolescent health and especially keeping young people who participate in sports and physical activities in optimum health. He is married and is the proud father of an infant daughter.

Joanne Kouba, PhD, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and faculty member at Loyola University Chicago.  Her goal is to help people be healthy through optimal food choices.  She enjoys doing this by working with individuals in the Proviso East school-based health center or in group settings like “Lunch Bunch” or classroom sessions.  She teaches dietetic interns and nursing students at Loyola.  She also is a “food enthusiast”  who loves cooking and gardening!

Ann Andreoni, DNP, PNP-BC
is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and Community Health Outreach Nurse for the 10 elementary schools in district 89 (many of which feed into Proviso East). She provides health education for students and parents; consultation and training for school personnel on various medical issues such as children with food allergies, asthma and seizures. She supports and supplements the activities of the district school nurses and health aides.

Dr. Andreoni is an Assistant Professor at Loyola's School of Nursing and teaches in the pediatrics and perinatal graduate programs. She is married, has 5 kids, 2 dogs and is active in her church and kids' schools.

Adriane Van Zwoll, LCSW
is the Clinical Social Worker at the SBHC.  Ms. V graduated from Western Michigan University in 2006 with degrees in Criminal Justice, Social Work, and a minor in psychology.  She also has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Ms. V is a Certified Trauma Specialist and has a Clinical Practice Certificate in working with LGBTQ Youth and has extensive experience working with adolescents in various settings including juvenile probation, adoption, foster care, residential treatment, and within schools. Ms. V is at the SBHC Monday-Friday and would enjoy meeting you!

Diana Hackbarth, RN, PhD, FAAN, Project Director
is a Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Nursing.  She is a Navy veteran and has a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Loyola University Chicago; a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois College of Nursing; and a PhD in Public Health Sciences from the University of Illinois School of Public Health. She works with numerous professional and community groups to promote public health. She is the Project Director of the School-based Health Center at Proviso East High School.  She is married and the parent of 2 college-aged young men.  Dr. Hackbarth is a great advocate for health promotion. She wants young people to stay healthy so that they can succeed in school and achieve their life goals.