Joliet – VNA Health Care held a groundbreaking ceremony for its future community health center on Jefferson Street on Tuesday.
The 14,000 square foot facility will allow VNA to expand the care now provided to uninsured and underinsured patients in the Joliet area, VNA said in a press release. VNA has operated in Joliet since 2015 from rented offices on Glenwood Avenue.
The location at 1501 W. Jefferson St. is scheduled to open in the summer of 2023.
VNA said it would be able to serve an additional 5,000 patients and perform an additional 25,000 exams over the next 30 months due to the expansion of its operations.
“Community Health Centers play a vital role in our healthcare system, and we look forward to expanding our services and increasing our capacity for those in need through this new Health Center,” said Linnea Windel. , President and CEO of VNA.
Windel spoke at the groundbreaking, where she was joined by Mayor Bob O’Dekirk, State Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., D-Elwood, county board members of Will and representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville.
The new VNA facility will include 26 medical examination rooms, a wellness kitchen, waiting rooms, a laboratory, nursing stations, and mental and behavioral health counseling rooms. VNA physicians and nurse practitioners will provide family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, and mental and behavioral health services.
According to VNA, Joliet and surrounding communities that will be served by the new facility have a low-income population of 71,000, but only 26,000 are served by community health centers that provide care for uninsured and underinsured patients. .
The facility is being built with a $1.3 million federal grant provided under the 2021 U.S. bailout.
Aurora-based VNA describes itself as the largest community health center in suburban Chicago, serving more than 75,000 patients each year at 16 clinics.