Chestnut Health Systems will renovate a currently vacant 30,000-square-foot building located at 702 W. Chestnut Street, Bloomington, Illinois into a new health center to meet the current needs and future growth of Chestnut Family Health Center (CFHC), a federally qualified health center that provides primary care and behavioral healthcare services both directly and indirectly through collaborative relationships.
In comparison to its previous 5,000-square-foot location, the expanded, operationally efficient facility allows for CFHC to provide a more robust list of services on a sliding-scale fee basis including primary care, obstetrical and gynecological care, integrated psychiatry services, integrated behavioral health services, and medication-assisted treatment for persons with substance use disorder. In addition, the facility’s second floor allows for expanded services such as onsite dental care with a designated waiting area, eight dental operation stations, a vitals station, as well as lab staff offices and workspaces.
The investment is expected to increase the number of unduplicated patients served annually to approximately 6,000 for primary care and up to 3,000 for dental services. Approximately 8,100 low income individuals have been served annually by the clinic and the expanded facility has sustained 25 quality jobs and created 30 new, quality jobs.
Having experienced a lack of mental health professionals and, ultimately, an increase in untreated residents, the expanded Chestnut Family Health Center is in alignment with the City of Bloomington’s Comprehensive Plan 2035 initiatives to increase the area’s access to mental health services. The project also received letters of support from two local hospitals, in addition to a local non-profit homeless services organization, demonstrating widespread community support for the expanded facility.