FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2016
Eastern Iowa Health Center Renovation/Expansion Complete
Community Health Center to Reopen 3rd Avenue SE Location October 17
Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Eastern Iowa Health Center (EIHC), a comprehensive primary health care service provider in Eastern Iowa, announced the completion of their facility expansion and renovation, with a reopening date of October 17.
EIHC President & CEO Joe Lock said the facility improvement project was necessary and timely due to a big increase in patient numbers for the health center. “We’re serving more than 40,000 patients per year,” Lock said, “many of them from among the most vulnerable in our community who rely on EIHC for quality primary, pediatric and OB/GYN health care.”
The $1.9 million facility improvement project began last April in part with funding grants awarded to EIHC for achievements in providing high quality, comprehensive care services for underserved communities. Grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, totaling approximately $1.1 million.
The move to return to the health center’s permanent space includes with some important dates and details:
EIHC will be closed Wednesday, October 12 through Friday, October 14, but will be available by phone (319) 730-7300, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on those dates.
EIHC will reopen October 17, 8:00 AM, serving pediatric and primary care patients at the renovated facility, located at 1201 3rd Avenue SE.
OB/GYN patients of the health center will continue to be served at EIHC’s temporary relocation site: 600 7th Street SE (the old PCI building, near Mercy Hospital).
EIHC will host a community Open House on October 29, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, featuring a free hotdog lunch, “trick-or treating” for kids and health fair.
“I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of our outstanding staff for their flexibility and hard work during our renovation and temporary relocation,” said Lock. “Our patients and the community have been wonderful, and we’re eager to begin serving them like never before at this expanded and enhanced facility.”
About Eastern Iowa Health Center
Eastern Iowa Health Center is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center dedicated to providing quality Family Practice, OB/GYN and Pediatric services in eastern Iowa. It is a Patient Centered Medical home, offering comprehensive primary healthcare services to the community, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, please visit easterniowahealthcenter.com.