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Presence St. Joe's to build senior, immediate care facility in Romeo

1/30/2015, 4:03 p.m.
The 30,000-square-foot facility will include advanced imaging, an on-site lab and immediate care services.
Presense St. Joseph Medical Center plans to build the Presence Senior Health Pavilion and Family Immediate Care Center at Weber and Airport roads in Romeoville.

The village of Romeoville issued this news release on a new immediate care center to be built at Airport and Weber roads:

Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) is bringing a unique center to Romeoville that will be dedicated to delivering an exceptional healthcare experience for seniors, while providing access to advanced imaging, lab and immediate care for area families.

The Presence Senior Health Pavilion and Family Immediate Care Center is set to be a 30,000 square-foot outpatient medical facility designed to provide an unparalleled patient experience customized to seniors, their busy caregivers and families in the greater Romeoville community.

The Pavilion will be home to the region's only fellowship-trained, board-certified Geriatricians, Marc Kantar, MD, and Bhavesh Gandhi, MD, along with Geriatric Nurse Practitioners and a team of rotating specialists dedicated to treating the elder population, including urologists, orthopedists and podiatrists.

"We have compiled the area's top specialists for seniors and their caregivers," says Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center's Regional President and CEO, Beth Hughes. "Our team of caregivers understand what families are dealing with as life changes, and we are going to make the experience expert, easy and comforting."

The first and only one of its kind in the region, the one-stop-shop will offer an Immediate Care Center, full-service laboratory, physical therapy, and advanced imaging including MRI, CT scan, bone density, and mammography, all available to the general public. The Pavilion will also help senior patients simplify and navigate the complexities of healthcare through wellness activities specially designed for seniors, medical resources for patients and caregivers, and community education events. A senior fitness center is also planned for the space.

"When it comes to great healthcare, seniors and families in Romeoville deserve great options," says Village Mayor John Noak. "We are excited and honored to share in Saint Joe's passion for this project that will provide an ideal setting for healthcare delivery for our senior population in the region."

The idea for The Senior Center grew from numerous discussions about improving the patient experience and focus groups addressing the specific needs of seniors. Last year, PSJMC unveiled their Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit, which offers geriatric-focused care for inpatients at the Medical Center by specially trained and certified staff. "In a way, this center is an addition of the ACE unit," says Hughes. "It is a place where seniors can trust that their unique medical needs and concerns will be fully addressed."

The Pavilion represents an $11 million investment by Presence Health in the Romeoville community and is scheduled to open in December 2015 on Weber Road and Airport Road. The project is being built in partnership with Hammes Company.