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Chestnut Health Systems will soon open a family medical center in Granite City.
GRANITE CITY — Three years ago, Chestnut Health Systems opened a Bloomington family medical center focused on Medicaid and Medicare patients.
Now, the health care organization is making plans on opening another family medical clinic here at 50 Northgate Industrial Blvd.
“This is really an expansion of our existing federally qualified health center based in Bloomington,” Chestnut Health Systems CEO Russell Hagen said.
The clinic will provide full primary care services such as physical exams, immunization updates and cancer screenings and will provide treatment for diseases and allergies. Hagen said the clinic will open within the next four months.
“It has been on our radar as our organizational goal for quite some time,” he said. “The main federal government fund for these qualified health centers is called HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration). Several months ago, they released what is called a new access point funding opportunity we applied for. We didn’t get funded in the first round, but we did in the second round. From a planning perspective, we’ve been talking about making a clinic in Granite City probably for five years. The first funding here in Bloomington was two and a half years ago and as soon as the money was made available, we applied for it and we received notification that we were granted the funding for the clinic in Granite City.”
Chestnut Health Systems is a private, nonprofit charitable organization that offers a scope of behavioral health and human services in Illinois and is a provider of addiction treatment and prevention and mental health counseling. Chestnut Health Services is composed of five core service areas — chemical dependency treatment and prevention, mental health treatment and housing for people with mental illness, applied behavioral research, training and publications, employee assistance and workplace services and primary care treatment and preventative services.