Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017

Heath clinic to receive grant

The Harvard Area Community Health Center will receive $1,238,944 to purchase an existing building, renovate two suites to equip and add a dental clinic and add an additional medical exam room and a designated space for behavioral health services.

The expansion will allow the agency to provide additional health care services to the residents of McHenry County. The center served 956 medical patients in its first nine months of operation and was already stretched to capacity and in need of expansion for the estimated 1,200 patients it will serve in the upcoming year, a press release states.

“We are thrilled to receive this funding, which will enable us to provide a true health care home where individuals and families, regardless of their insurance status, can receive medical, dental and behavioral health care, as well as WIC and family case-management services, under one roof,” said Susan Bauer, executive director at Community Health Partnership of Illinois.

Community health centers are nonprofit entities created by Congress to meet the health care needs of underserved communities and high-risk patients, the release states. The centers provide care for the underserved population, including low-income, uninsured or homeless, or those with HIV/AIDS, substance abuse problems or special medical needs.

“We have received the letter from the Illinois Capital Development Board stating that we have been awarded the grant, but we will not receive the actual grant agreement for another week or so,” Bauer said Dec. 2.

The expansion will provide about 2,200 square feet, a 50 percent increase.

“Our work plan to accomplish the entire renovation is a 13-month plan from the time we execute the grant agreement,” Bauer said.

By June 30, 2015, the goal will be to complete the Phase I build out of the new three-chair dental clinic and begin providing dental services the next month. By February 2016, Phase II will be completed, which includes renovation/expansion of the medical/behavioral, health/WIC offices; repair and resurface the parking lot; and repair and replace exterior clinic signage.

The building, located at 62 N. Ayer St., has not been purchased yet by the center. To reach the center, call 815-943-4339. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.