NORTH LAWNDALE – A long-awaited urgent care clinic has opened in the Ogden Commons development, giving residents of Lawndale a quicker alternative to dealing with non-life-threatening issues.
The clinic, One Lawndale Express Care, was opened by Sinai Chicago to address the severe health disparities faced by West Side residents. One Lawndale Express Care will be managed by Premier Health.
The clinic significantly expands outpatient medical services offered at Ogden Commons, 2642 W. Ogden Avenue, which was developed with Sinai and other community partners to overcome barriers to accessing health care.
“A clinic like this continues to address health disparities while expanding the outpatient health services the community needs. Our Urgent Care Clinic ensures that our patients get prompt response to their immediate and chronic care needs,” said Airica Steed, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sinai Chicago.
The clinic is designed to serve patients with acute or chronic illnesses or injuries that require immediate attention but are not serious enough to warrant a visit to the emergency room. While people often have to wait hours in the emergency room, patients at the One Lawndale Express Care clinic can expect to see a provider within the hour, even if they walk-in, representatives said.
Patients can make an appointment by calling 773-257-6800. Visits without an appointment are also accepted.
The urgent care clinic can see patients for common issues such as nausea, sore throats, digestive issues and sports injuries, representatives said.
The Urgent Care Center is also helpful for people who have a problem like strep throat, urinary tract infection, severe headache or bronchitis, but “can’t get into [their] doctor’s office because there is a long wait,” said Dr. Reuben Rutland, Chief Operating Officer of Premier Health.
Ogden Commons is now anchored by the Urgent Care Clinic as well as One Lawndale Community Care and Surgery Center, making it a one stop shop for a range of outpatient medical care. Ogden Commons services now include an outpatient surgical centre, digestive health center and kidney dialysis centre.
Beyond clinical care, the center offers comprehensive services aimed at making preventive care more accessible. Sinai has created a 24/7 Concierge Service and Helpline to help patients navigate the healthcare system and help them with transportation, emotional support, financial counseling and nutritional advice.
Ogden Commons as a whole is designed to address some of the social conditions that lead to poor health outcomes, such as lack of access to food, a struggling local economy, poverty and housing instability, officials said.
The development will include several businesses and restaurants, including a Steak n’ Shake franchise and a Jamaican jerk restaurant, Ja Grill, which has already opened. Within Ogden Commons is a Wintrust bank aimed at making financial services more accessible to neighborhood residents, as well as an upcoming cafe, Momentum Coffee.
There are also plans to bring a grocery store to the resort.
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