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Business Unusual with Brian Fabes, Corporate Coalition of Chicago

Season 1, Ep. 1

The Health Care Council of Chicago’s (HC3) core purpose is to harness the collective intelligence and resources of Chicago’s health leaders and stakeholders to drive meaningful change and positively influence the conditions that impact the health of the city’s communities. In the premiere episode of the HC3 Podcast, HC3 Co-Founder David Smith and HC3 Executive Director Meghan Phillipp sit down with Brian Fabes, Managing Director of the Corporate Coalition. The Corporate Coalition is a collaborative of firms with a presence in Chicago committed to using their assets and capabilities to address economic inequities in the region.


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HC3 is administratively and strategically managed as an initiative of Third Horizon Strategies. Third Horizon is a Chicago-based but nationally present boutique advisory firm focused on shaping the future state of health care.


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This episode of the HC3 podcast is brought to you by Rosecrance Health Network. Rosecrance is a private, not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults, and families throughout the country. With more than 45 locations in Chicago and Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa, Rosecrance offers comprehensive addiction services for adolescents and adults, including prevention, intervention, detoxification, inpatient and outpatient treatment, experiential therapies, dual-diagnosis care, and family education. Rosecrance also offers high-quality, efficient, and effective outpatient mental health services for children, adults, and families through a variety of programs. Rosecrance serves more than 30,000 families each year. Learn more about Rosecrance at www.rosecrance.org.


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