Chicago, IL - PCC Salud Family Health Center, part of the PCC Community Wellness Center network of non-profit community health centers, celebrated the grand re-opening of its newly renovated facility on May 13, 2013 with an open house. Luis Arroyo (D), Member of the Illinois House of Representatives, 3rd District, attended and addressed the crowd who assembled to tour the facility. Arroyo voiced a clear support for PCC doctors and nurses who are doing a "heck of a job" and shared his interested in seeing PCC expand further into the neighborhood with more services and clinics.
"This amazing newly renovated facility and the dedicated staff allow PCC to make a real difference for individuals and families in a time of critical need for comprehensive services," said Robert Urso, President & CEO, PCC Community Wellness Center. "In addition, as a result of the renovations, PCC Salud Family Health Center is expected to meet the requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council."
The renovations include: an enhanced patient waiting and registration area; renovated exam rooms, offices and restrooms; new windows, flooring, lighting, plumbing, roof, and heating and cooling system; and new building entrances with signage. Dr. Yesenia Yepez, site Medical Director, spoke of how the new space reflects the beautiful work that PCC does for its patients. "This gives them a chance to feel as special as we feel about them."
The renovations were made possible by a $691,299 capital grant PCC was awarded in 2012 from the Illinois Capital Development Board through the Community Health Center Construction Grant Program, and by a New Market Tax Credit Transaction in the amount of $1,320,000 by JP Morgan Chase Bank.
Since 2002, PCC Salud Family Health Center has served an urban population within Cook County, Ill. The service area primarily includes four densely populated Chicago communities that surround the facility, including Belmont-Cragin, Hermosa, Humboldt Park and Logan Square.
Over fifty attendees were addressed by community member, Luz M. Sotolongo, who has been a patient of PCC Salud for nearly 10 years. "I love my people here at PCC," said Sotolongo. "The staff always has a smile, trying to be the best they can. I know they'll always be there." PCC Board Chairperson, Ron Austin, echoed similar sentiments of appreciation for PCC staff. He reminded the crowd to take the message about PCC outside to make sure everyone knows that the work that PCC is doing matters greatly to the community.
PCC is a not-for-profit community health center network with nine health centers dedicated to providing comprehensive high-quality, accessible primary health care, preventive education and supportive services, specializing in the delivery of comprehensive maternal and child health services. The PCC Salud Family Health Center is located at 5359 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL, 773-836-2785.