ENGLEWOOD — Englewood is getting a new health center with construction expected to be completed in early 2018, officials say.
The center, at 5501 S. Halsted St., is being opened by Heartland Alliance Health, which describes itself as "the leading healthcare provider for the homeless, poorest, and sickest people in Chicago."
On July 25, Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) and the health center's Executive Director Ed Stellon will celebrate the construction with the community from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the site.
The health center will provide residents with primary medical, substance abuse treatment, mental health and psychiatric services and insurance assistance.
The non-profit Heatland will also offer medical case management, specialty referral care, and chronic disease management, including HIV/AIDS care.
The 7,900-square-feet center will have 10 exam rooms, a triage room and a pharmacy. The building will also have showers and laundry to support those who are either homeless or "vulnerably housed," the agency says.
Heartland Alliance Health has provided care for all, regardless of citizenship or health insurance status, for more than 30 years, according to a news release.
The new center "responds to the scarcity of healthcare in an area where homelessness and poverty are on the rise," Heartland said.
The group says because of lack of access to affordable healthcare residents of Englewood and the surrounding communities have a lower life expectancy, greater incidence of diabetes and heart disease, fewer cancer screenings, and higher infant mortality rates, Heartland said.