Clinic plans November opening for Crystal Lake facility

Square footage, number of exam rooms to double

CRYSTAL LAKE – Next month, the Family Health Partnership Clinic will open the doors to its new Crystal Lake facility, which will double the square footage and number exam rooms compared with its current Woodstock location.

On Thursday, Executive Director Suzanne Hoban gave a tour of the construction progress to the clinic’s board members.

The $3.2 million project broke ground in April, and the clinic will open Nov. 25.

“We started looking at a project six years ago because the space that we’ve got right now, while it is great, and we thought we would never outgrow it, frankly there’s been more and more uninsured, and we’ve been getting more physicians in,” Hoban said. “Right now we’re having to turn physicians and volunteers away because we don’t have enough space to put them.”

Since 1996, the Family Health Partnership Clinic has offered affordable heath care to uninsured McHenry County residents. Even with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Hoban expects there will be roughly 20,000 uninsured county residents.

The clinic’s new building, located at 401 Congress Parkway in Crystal Lake, will be close to 10,000 square feet and have 12 exam rooms. The current Woodstock facility has 4,000 square feet of usable space and six exam rooms.

“The majority of the increase in size is in our exam rooms and in our clinical areas,” Hoban said. “We are able to provide a much more functional space.”

The added space will be a benefit to the clinic’s patients, Hoban said, but it also will allow for outside partnerships that the clinic could not have done in the past because of space limitations. In January, the Family Health Partnership Clinic is partnering with Rush University and will have four nursing students on-site.

The Congress Parkway location was an appealing aspect of the project to many of the clinic’s board members.

“We’re more centrally located now,” said Kevin Noonan, Family Health Partnership Clinic board president. “We’re close to a lot of doctors’ practices and medical buildings here on Congress. And our proximity to Metra and the Pace bus is going to be much more beneficial to our clients as far as transportation to and from the clinic.”

The clinic has raised all but $340,000 of its $3.2 million campaign goal, almost all of which has come in the form of private donations, Hoban said.

“This has been a huge community effort,” she said. “I’m so excited for the community to see it, but I’m even more excited for the patients to see it, because that’s really who we’re doing it for.”

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