About Chicago Slim
Blues is my Religion
I was born in Zagreb, Croatia (the former Yugoslavia) to immigrant physician parents. My family defected and moved to Chicago in 1968, eventually settling in the Chicago North Shore suburb Glenview.
While working at Cook County Hospital and after 20 years as a doctor, I observed patients being ignored and waiting months or even years for surgeries and had difficulty getting basic orthopedic services, while their injuries worsened.
One day while treating a 48-year-old woman with knee arthritis, I realized that fixing her knees would not fix her poverty issues, and I had the idea to start a clinic that would help bring the patient “from disability to functionality.” In 2009, my now-wife Karla Carwile Ivankovich and I founded the Chicago-based nonprofit OnePatient Global Health Initiative, with a mission to treat patients from all over Illinois who have musculoskeletal health disorders, regardless of their ability to pay and without prejudice.
We are collaborating with Fernando Jones and Blues Kids to bring blues to Chicago public schools and expose children to the blues. It’s very important that the circle of life continues to flow through our youth. It’s the only way to perpetuate the stories and music. For me, I believe that music can be a vehicle to develop inquisitive young minds and teach about healthy lifestyles.
We also help uninsured or underinsured musicians get access to healthcare.
You can find out more about Chicago Blues All-Stars at our website. You can help us raise money for healthcare and school programs by contributing at Chicago Blues Society. You can read more about me on the Home Page right here.
You can read about my efforts in helping the underserved community with medical assistance and care from an article that appeared in Blues Matters.
This article from American Blues Scene is about my nomination for CNN hero of the year for my efforts in bringing healthcare to ‘Chicago’s Mean Streets’.