It has been a busy time for the Will County Health Department’s Community Health Center. Created in 1996, largely due to the overwhelming number of pregnant women showing up at hospitals without adequate prenatal care, the facility became a Federally Qualified Community Health Center in 2001, and moved into its new building at the south end of the Health Department parking lot in 2005. Today, it offers a full array of medical, prenatal, dental, and psychiatric care for Will County residents and their families.
And now, this summer, the Community Health Center opened some new operations in the Health Department’s Northern Branch Office in Bolingbrook, at 323 Quadrangle, Suite 335 (rear entrance). A ribbon cutting with County Executive Larry Walsh on August 1st marked the arrival of Dr. Edward Navakas, adult psychiatrist; along with Advanced Practice Nurse Christine Foster, offering Family Medicine and Women’s Health Services. You can call 815-727-8670 for appointments with these two specialists.
The second major celebration came during National Health Center Week, which was August 14th through August 18th. An Open House on Friday the 18th celebrated Will County being one of more than 10-thousand communities across the country being served by a Federally Qualified Health Center, a facility that delivers high quality care that is also cost-effective. These facilities serve a total of more than 25-million people. Local officials who visited the Community Health Center during the August 18th Open House included Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, State Senator Pat McGuire, Will County Board member Denise Winfrey, and a representative from the office of United States Congressman Bill Foster.
Earlier this year, the Community Health Center received its first accreditation from the Joint Commission, and a renewal of Patient Centered Medical Home designation; a testimony to its mission of providing high quality health care while putting the patient’s needs in the forefront.
Community Health Center CEO Mary Maragos is hoping that the events of 2017 are just a hint of more to come. “We are honored and appreciative to see that our Community Health Center brings local officials together who believe in our mission. Our goal is to keep earning that support every day through the work we do.”