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VNA announces grant to open Joliet health clinic

Published: Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 11:13 p.m. CDT

JOLIET – VNA Health Care plans to open a clinic for low-income patients in Joliet this fall.

The Aurora-based nonprofit announced Friday that it has received $650,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration to establish a health center in Joliet.

“We anticipate [opening] this fall, and we’re still finalizing a location,” VNA spokeswoman Amy Downing said.

VNA also is in the process of building a Romeoville clinic with 22 exam rooms. That facility at 160 N. Independence Blvd. is scheduled to open in January.

VNA now has a temporary Romeoville clinic at 48 S. Weber Road and another clinic on the campus of Bolingbrook Adventist Hospital.

The Joliet clinic is expected to provide health care to about 94,000 low-income patients, VNA said in a news release.

VNA is a federally qualified Health Center. Such operations receive federal grants and reimbursements in exchange for providing health care to underserved populations.

VNA was established in 1918 and formerly was named the Visiting Nurses Association.

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