A Veteran’s clinic at the Silver Cross Hospital’s Joliet campus is scheduled to open in early 2013. The government’s deal to acquire the emergency department of the Joliet campus is expected to be finalized in March, with reconstruction expected to begin soon after.
The 60,000-square-foot area will be a mega-clinic that would provide primary care, physical therapy and other health-related services to Veterans in the Will County area. This facility will not be a hospital, but will provide many services that the Hines Veterans Hospital provide and save many Veterans the drive to Hine VAMC.
The Veterans Administration will not be taking over the entire facility when Silver Cross Hospital relocates, so the rest of the facility will be subdivided in a way to keep the clinic separate from other tenants.
The new clinic has been long in the process as Veterans advocacy groups, Congress members and others have strived to expand Veterans health services in the area.