CARBONDALE — Shawnee Health broke ground Wednesday on a new building at its Lewis Lane health care complex and will break ground Thursday on an expansion at Shawnee Health Care Dental in Marion.
Construction of a new 5,000-square-foot building will begin in November in Carbondale. Patsy Jensen, executive director of Shawnee Health Services, said the new facility will allow Shawnee Health to do several things.
Shawnee Health Care Psychiatry will move from its Wall Street location. Jo Ann Rice, administrative services director for Shawnee Health Service, said this will allow a psychiatrist and two advance practice nurses to relocate to the new building.
Shawnee Health Care, Same Day, also will move to the new facility from the existing medical building on the Lewis Lane campus. An additional primary care physician will be added at the existing medical building.
“Our goal is to meet the needs of the communities we serve,” Jensen said.
She added that when Shawnee Health Service starts new ventures, they are almost always based on needs assessment.
The project will allow Shawnee Health Services to integrate behavioral medicine with the medical and dental services offered in Carbondale. Jensen said the organization plans to add pharmacy services, too. This will help Shawnee stay current with trends in healthcare, which is geared toward integrating care.
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“It’s all about the new integrated model for healthcare,” Rice said. “We have to take care of the whole person — it’s the integrated model.”
The construction is funded through a $1 million Health Infrastructure Investment Program grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Shawnee Health Services is providing matching funds equaling 24 percent of grant.
Jensen thanked the City of Carbondale, the Shawnee Health Services board of directors and other partners for their support.
In Marion, Shawnee Health Service will add 1,200 square feet to the existing building at 3115 Williamson County Parkway, adding five dental exam rooms to the existing eight exam rooms. The goal of the expansion is to create additional access for children.
“The clinic is too small and the dental need is so great in Marion,” Jensen said. “This will really help us expand care there.”
Shawnee currently offers pediatric dental services at Marion and Carbondale, but has child-friendly exam rooms at the Carbondale location. The project will create similar child-friendly space in Marion. The project also will create space to add another general dentist.
Shawnee Health Services recently added a second pediatric dentist, Dr. Scott Bietsch, DMD. He joins Dr. Valerie Spivey to provide specialized pediatric dental care.
Construction will begin in November and is expected to be completed by February 2017. The expansion is funded in part by the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation.
Shawnee Health Services recently added new electronic health records and electronic dental records. Patients can request appointments and receive reminders, correspond with providers online, access personal health records and obtain educational information.
“We are trying to make it seamless for people and fit the needs of patients, not just the providers’ schedules,” Jensen said.
For more information about care provided by Shawnee Health Services, visit www.shawneehealth.com.