EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – On Tuesday, state Rep. LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis, attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming East St. Louis Urgent Care Center, a 5,000 square foot addition to the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation.
“Adding a new urgent care center will bring vital community-specific health services to East St. Louis,” Greenwood said. “Rapidly understanding and addressing health concerns is critical and urgent care centers allow people to do that without placing a greater strain on our emergency health system. The Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation is doing great work to raise the quality of healthcare the people of East St. Louis receive.”
The coming East St. Louis Urgent Care Center will be a 5,000 square foot addition to the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation set to open in 2023. The care center will contain four exam rooms and one procedure room, with an on-site X-ray machine. $2.8 million of state funding budgeted for Healthcare Transformation Collaboratives will pay for the majority of the construction.
“This is just one instance of the new emphasis of healthcare transformation collaboratives—which I prioritized during this year’s budget process—having an impact on communities who are not receiving the care they need,” Greenwood said. “We will have expanded access to situation-informed healthcare providers without substantial cost to local government.”