Touted as an innovative model for community healthcare, the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System on Friday offered a first look of its new, five-story Mile Square Health Center. The facility, scheduled to open Jan. 6, will be one of the first federally qualified community health centers to incorporate urgent and specialty care, along with providing primary-care services.
The 122,000-square-foot, $44 million building will be the flagship facility for the Mile Square network of community health centers, which have 12 sites in some of the poorest neighborhoods of Chicago. More than 76,000 patient visits are expected during the first year of operation, said Dr. Robert Winn, UI Heath's associate vice president for community-based practice. Many patients will be newly insured people through the expansion of Medicaid to cover all adults earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level and the expansion of private coverage through the state insurance exchange.