Residents get a preview of new health clinic opening in downtown Rockford
ROCKFORD (WREX) -
A new health clinic for the elderly in downtown Rockford is nearly ready to take on patients.
It's the talk around the Luther Center the new health care clinic opening up right down the street.
"I'm looking forward to it and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be a patient there," says David Saunders a resident at the Luther Center. "It's so close by and I like being close to a doctor. I don't have a car at this time, so it will be so much more convenient for me to attend the clinic."
Back in April the Chicago based company Oak Street Health announced it would be opening a clinic in Rockford. All week the clinic has been offering tours and registering patients.
"Our first full week is full with patients," says Rachel Rader the Oak Street Health Regional Vice President. "They've been coming in and have made an appointment here and hopefully becoming a part of the Oak Street family."
The clinic offers primary care services for older adults on Medicare. It plans to serve up to 3,000 patients in the community and will provide transportation.
"We have a van that will offer up to a ten mile radius," says Rader. "So it will get people transportation to and from their appointments and make sure that they can get here. We don't ever want that to be a barrier."
The clinic won't just serve physical needs, but social needs as well. It has an open community room available to anyone in the community.
"I haven't been there, but I have heard very good things about it from people who have and they like the location, they like the transportation and they said the most notable thing was the openness of the staff," says Joseph Rapp a resident at the Luther Center.
The new clinic officially opens June 22. More tours are scheduled for Friday starting at 8 a.m. and you can sign up to become a patient at the clinic.