Chicago’s Englewood Community Gets More Access To Preventive Care With New $33 Million Ambulatory Care Center
CHICAGO, IL – In October of 2014, the Englewood community gathered as St. Bernard Hospital broke ground on its new Ambulatory Care Center (ACC). Less than two years later, on Tuesday, May 31st, the community gathered once again to celebrate the Ambulatory Care Center’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the magnificent $33 million, three-story health care facility.
Located in the heart of Chicago’s south side, the ACC (6307 South Stewart Avenue) was conceived after the hospital conducted extensive community outreach to learn more about their residents and what they wanted and needed in terms of health and wellness care. What they found was that residents were either traveling outside of the community to see a physician, or they didn’t see a doctor at all. They had no local resource to address their non-emergent needs.
“The hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment, which was completed in 2012, clearly identified the healthcare needs of our residents, and revealed a chronic lack of medical services, particularly for low-income families,” explained Charles Holland, St. Bernard’s president and CEO. “The need for additional resources in our community had been recognized for some time, and space in the main building of St. Bernard Hospital was at capacity,” he added. “The opening of our Ambulatory Care Center is an exceptional opportunity for us to better serve our community and to expand access to wellness and preventive medicine for thousands of people.”
The vision for St. Bernard’s Ambulatory Care Center was to create a one-stop health care facility with a patient friendly environment, and that’s exactly what it is. “With the opening of our Ambulatory Care Center, people are now able to access health care and specialty services close to their homes,” explains Holland. “The Englewood community deserves the same kind of services and healthcare that they can get in other communities, and we wanted to make sure that we provided it for them right here.”