Oak Parkers have a new place for medical care downtown with the opening of Edward-Elmhurst Health's 14,000-square-foot, $5.2 million immediate care facility on the third floor of the new Vantage residential high-rise building at 932 Lake St.
Elmhurst Hospital president and CEO Pamela Dunley said the facility offers a wide range of services, including primary care physicians; X-ray, mammogram and ultrasound imaging; lab services; occupational health services; and immediate care for injuries that are not life-threatening.
She said patients will be served better through the new facility's centralized registration desk, which allows for scheduling multiple appointments in one place.
"Let's say you go see the doctor and they say you need a lab test or a quick X-ray — you can have it right there; you don't have to go home and schedule an appointment and come back," Dunley said in a telephone interview.
Edward-Elmhurst noted in a news release that patients can go to the new immediate care facility for minor burns; cuts that may need stitches; abrasions; broken bones; sprains; high fevers; sore throats; earaches; allergies; minor skin rashes; minor back, joint and muscle pain; and work-related illnesses and injuries.
The facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
It's not Edward-Elmhurst's first presence in Oak Park and River Forest, Dunley said. The health group maintains doctors' offices at 1100 Lake St., with specialists in rheumatology; midwifery; gastroenterology; endocrinology; OBGYN; and ear, nose and throat. The group also has a clinic office at 7355 W. North Ave. and a walk-in clinic at Jewel-Osco, 7525 Lake St. in River Forest.
Dunley said the new facility is already getting a big response, noting that the immediate care facility got eight walk-in patients and 80 physician office visits on the first day of operation.
Edward-Elmhurst is the first of two tenants at the Vantage building. The developer also has signed a lease with Cooper's Hawk Winery, which is opening a restaurant in Vantage's 12,000-square-foot ground-level space.