Residents of Sun City senior living community in Huntley now have access to an on-site clinic providing treatment for common illnesses, vaccinations and preventive care.
Centegra Health System recently opened the walk-in clinic, located inside The Wellness Center at 12920 Del Webb Blvd., to exclusively serve Sun City residents.
"They can drive their golf carts right up to the clinic," said Mike Ford, vice president of operations for Centegra Physician Care. "We have one exam room inside the wellness center. Obviously, in the future we would like to have more space, but we're starting out small and meeting their needs."
The clinic will be staffed with two nurse practitioners trained to provide treatment for minor wounds, injuries and skin conditions, as well as vaccinations for flu, pertussis and tetanus.
Centegra has operated The Wellness Center within the Del Webb community since 2000, offering monthly visits by a psychologist and other wellness services. It started providing blood draw services there in 2007.
Officials said residents expressed a need for a walk-in clinic over the last couple of years.
"It's kind of building on the core services trying to meet the needs of the residents," Ford said, adding that the clinic is better equipped to handle patients coming in with symptoms such as sore throats and coughs. "They can do cultures, urine analysis. We can prescribe medications for them. We don't want them to have to get into the car and drive to our immediate care."
Eventually, officials hope to provide a shuttle service from Sun City to Centegra's health campus in Huntley, which includes physicians' offices, imaging services, immediate care, fitness center and a new 128-bed hospital under construction.
The $233 million, 360,000-square-foot hospital is being built on the existing campus near Algonquin and Haligus roads. It will offer 100 medical surgical beds, a women's center with 20 private obstetric rooms, and a helipad for transporting critical patients.
The hospital will accept its first patients in fall 2016.
For more information about the walk-in clinic, call (847) 515-2078.
Centegra also recently announced all baby births in McHenry County will be handled at Centegra Hospital-McHenry starting Sept. 13.
"For many months we have planned to centralize inpatient obstetrics services to McHenry to provide the ultimate labor and delivery experience for families in our community," said Rachel Sebastian, vice president and site administrator at Centegra Hospital-McHenry. "In addition to newly renovated private rooms and upscale amenities, we are enhancing our clinical services to provide the safest care to mothers and their babies."
The Centegra Family Birth Center at the McHenry hospital now has a second suite for cesarean sections, wellness services and amenities, including bedside spa treatments and robes.
Outpatient obstetrics services will still be available at locations throughout McHenry County. Centegra Physician Care obstetricians and midwives will continue to see patients in Woodstock, Huntley, Crystal Lake and McHenry. Women also will still receive support at the Centegra Breastfeeding Resource Center locations in Woodstock and McHenry.