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Construction starts on new health clinic for uninsured

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 5:09 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013 11:18 p.m. CST

CRYSTAL LAKE – Cathy Patenaude said the Family Health Partnership Clinic no longer can contain the continuously growing spirit of giving.

That is why board members for the Woodstock health care clinic were eager to break ground this month in Crystal Lake to officially start construction on a new $3.2 million facility that will allow volunteer doctors and nurses to treat more patients.

Patenaude, development coordinator for the clinic, said the new location at 401 Congress Parkway would be double the size of the existing building and would be easier for patients and physicians to access because of the central location and its proximity to public transportation options.

“We hope to serve twice as many patients as we currently do,” she said, noting that the clinic handles more than 8,000 visits a year. “We’ll also be able to add more physicians and nurses.”

Although construction has started on the clinic dedicated to serving the uninsured and under-insured, the funding goal has yet to be reached. Patenaude said roughly 90 percent of the $3.2 million has been collected through private donations, but she is hopeful that community support will fill the gap.

A fundraising campaign organized by the Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers Rotary aims to contribute $50,000 to the project through a dollar-for-dollar matching grant after a $25,000 donation from Dr. Lawrence DuBose to the Rotary.

Rotary member Sue Dobbe said the group is reaching out to other community organizations and charitable groups to solicit donations. She said individual residents can donate to the group or the clinic with a memo including Rotary Challenge to trigger the match. The fundraiser will last through August.

“This is an opportunity for clubs to maximize their contributions to charity,” Dobbe said. “We’re proud we we’re selected to do this.”

In the 15 years since its inception, the clinic has handled more than 77,850 patient visits and provided more than $20 million worth of medical care to the uninsured in McHenry County. Patenaude said classes such as how to manage chronic diseases also could be added at the new facility.

Construction is expected to be complete by late October.

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