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Mile Square Health Center open to serve UI Health’s communities

CHICAGO, Ill., January 29, 2014 – Earlier this month, the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System opened their doors at the new Mile Square Health Center on Chicago’s west side. After a year in development, the new community health center, located at the intersection of Wood Street and Roosevelt Road in the Illinois Medical District, will serve as the headquarters for all 12 of UI Health’s facilities and provide care throughout Chicago and neighboring towns.  

Brookfield-based, healthcare consulting firm Hammes Company, in partnership with UJAMAA Construction, Inc., was selected last year to serve as project manager on the 122,000 square-foot, five-story facility. The community health facility will provide needed healthcare services for local patients, including for those who are both un- and underinsured. Within the next year, UI Health estimates they will see 76,000 patient visits at the center. 

In addition to primary and urgent care, the facility offers a mix of specialty services, including obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, ophthalmology, psychiatry, endocrinology, pulmonology and cardiology. The center also includes two telemedicine suites which will allow clinicians to communicate with patients virtually. The top three floors of the facility have been shelled for future use. Plans currently call for dental services, research and educational services for local communities to inhabit that space. 

Mile Square Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) as named by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). To qualify for this distinction, non-profit health organizations must meet all standards for care provision, reimbursement rates and offer a sliding fee scale based upon federal regulations. 

The project team for the new center included architect Moody Nolan, Inc., Columbus, Ohio; engineer KJWW Engineering Consultants, Warrenville, Illinois; project manager UJAMAA Construction Inc. Chicago, Illinois; and general contractor George Sollitt Construction Company, Wood Dale, Illinois.
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