The Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center, a community facility made possible by federal funding under the Affordable Care Act, is expected to move into its permanent home at Dempster Street and Hartrey Avenue in August.
Dana Kelly, government affairs manager for the center, delivered a status report to residents of the 2d Ward at a meeting hosted by Alderman Peter Braithwaite Thursday night at the District 65 School Board headquarters on McDaniel Avenue.
Since the facility opened last October in temporary quarters in the Morton Civic Center, Kelly said, some 400 dental and 400 primary care visits have been logged, which exceeded their expectations.
Interviews have already begun for positions at the new state-of-the-art 16,000-square-foot facility in Evanston that is expected to handle 30,000 patient visits per year.
Kelly advised job prospects to check out the available openings on the center’s website.
The new center, designed to provide health services to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, was made possible by an annual operating grant of $650,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In addition, NorthShore University HealthSystem contributed $1.2 million for the permanent facility as well as $600,000 in operating support over three years. Total capital costs for the new health center are $2.7 million.
By providing basic health and dental services to all, the facility is expected to take the pressure off hospital emergency rooms at a much lower cost per visit.
Erie Family Health Center was started on Erie Street in Chicago in 1957 and operates 13 centers in the city and surrounding suburbs.
Also at Thursday night’s meeting, developer Scott Inbinder gave an update on Evanston Plaza at Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue. He said the development is still trying to find an anchor tenant for the beleagured shopping strip.
Top: Alderman Braithwaite and City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz field questions from constituents at the 2nd Ward meeting.