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Region Clinic Prepares for Healthcare Expansion

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July 1, 2013 — As more people across the country get access to affordable health care and the need for healthcare providers increases, a northwest Indiana health clinic is bracing itself for expanded care.

Health Linc leaders cut a ribbon Monday for a newly renovated health clinic on Sturdy Avenue in Valparaiso. CEO Beth Wrobel expects the clinic to provide health care to 4,000 more patients. “Almost three years ago our staff and board realized that the need for our services outpaced the capability of the existing building on College Avenue. This building allows us to deliver high quality health care in a building that is state of the art. We expect to see in the next two years 11,000 with over 60,000 visits to this clinic.”

The Health Resources and Services Administration provided a $5,000,000 capital grant to repurpose the existing building in a federal government move that Congressman Pete Visclosky says is a testament to the work clinics do to save lives. “In the Affordable Healthcare Act we called for an additional $11,000,000,000 to be invested in community health centers across this nation. That wasn’t an arbitrary decision. It was a recognition of the services that area provided by clinics such as the one we are in today.”

Wrobel says Health Linc plans to partner with Porter-Starke Services and Porter Hospital to provide the best care possible.

Amy Alley works with the Indiana State Department of Health, “In the last study that we did, we found that for every dollar spent, a community health center will return 90 cents of that dollar. For anyone who is listening who has made an investment, it’s a good one.”

Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas concurred, “What mayor wouldn’t be so thankful for what has happened to this building? I’m thankful for the vision; it started out with just three rooms and for the leadership that has brought it this far.”
Health Linc will open its doors for business to the community Monday, July 8, 2013.

By reporter Renetta DuBose

 

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