Affordable Health Care is Now Closer to Home

When Alondra Acuña was pregnant, she had to travel more than an hour for her pre-natal visits. Now with her daughter in her arms, she and her family can receive health care closer to home thanks to the opening of the Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center (Erie). A former bank was rehabilitated to create the new 25,500-square foot community health center in Waukegan, Ill.; Alondra was the first patient to visit Erie when it opened on July 1.

I couldn’t believe Erie was opening a health center in Waukegan. We used to have to travel all the way to Chicago for our care. Now it’s right here where we live. We’re so happy!” said Alondra.

Erie is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) – FQHCs are nonprofit community health centers which provide primary health care to low-income individuals and families regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay. They are an important resource for delivering quality, affordable health care in low- income communities. Erie will provide bilingual (English and Spanish) care to more than 45,000 patients each year, helping alleviate the high demand for services due to a growing low-income minority population. Most of these patients have been unable to access services from a safety-net health care provider because of insufficient health care capacity in the area.

Enterprise Community Loan Fund provided a $2.4 million term loan and $3.9 million in bridge financing to support the project. Enterprise also provided a $9.25 million New Markets Tax Credit allocation, for which Chase provided an equity investment. The project received $4 million in capital grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Serves 45,000 patients annually
  • Provides bilingual adult and pediatric primary care, women’s health, dental, mental and vision services
  • Creates 40 new permanent jobs, and 100 construction jobs
  • LEED Certification for New Construction and Major Renovation.

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