By Laura Katauskas | Bugle Staff
Formerly operating out of a small storefront in town, the new Romeoville VNA Health Care clinic opened its door to a new larger facility ready to welcome area residents in its 22-exam room clinic at 160 Independence Blvd.
VNA administrators, local officials and politicians including Congressman Bill Foster, recently received a tour of the facility before its official opening set for Jan. 21.
“The best part of my job (after being in Washington discussing the issues of healthcare) is to come home and see all the good such a building like this will do,” said Foster.
VNA Health Care is a Medicaid and Medicare-certified, low cost clinic that offers patients a discount if they are not covered by an insurance plan. It is described as a “one-stop shop” for general health care needs. VNA Health Center provides a full menu of services including medical, dental, mental health and chronic disease management care.
“We are here and ready to serve,” said Chairman of the VNA, Gary Ahasic. “This is quite an impressive place that has a nice, open feel that is warm and comfortable.”
The group came before the Romeoville village board last year with a concept plan for a new facility. While federal approval was sought, VNA opened a small facility at Taylor and Weber roads, in the Jewel-Osco shopping plaza.
VNA built the facility on a 3.1-acre parcel of land next to Romeoville High School, west of Route 53 and north of Material Service Drive.
The new single-story, brick development includes a 10,340 square-foot clinic with 22 exam rooms and room for possible expansion in the future.
Clinic coordinator Allan Garcia explained that this is the largest and the first VNA facility to be a free-standing building.
The clinic currently will have one primary care physician until an increase in clients dictates the need for more staff, expecting to serve 20 patients a day to start. One area is dedicated to pediatrics and family care and has a lab on-site. A fully-equipped kitchen also is on-site, a key to its Step by Step Wellness programs to teach patients ways to prepare diabetic and heart-healthy meals.
In the future, the clinic is expected to offer specialty services such as obstetrics and gynecology.
As a non-profit organization, the VNA thanked officials for the genuine support of the community in their help to offer charitable care. The clinic will be open Mon. and Thurs., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tues., Wed., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sat. from 8 a.m. to noon. Additional VNA clinics are located in Bolingbrook, Joliet and Aurora.