Provena opening new health facility in New Lenox
By Janet Lundquist firstname.lastname@example.org July 31, 2012 3:34PM
The ribbon cutting during the dedication of the Provena Healing Arts Pavilion, 410 E. Lincoln Highway, in New Lenox Thursday July 19, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 2, 2012 6:13AM
The new building on U.S. 30 in New Lenox isn’t just a medical center, its planners say, but a unique one-stop shop for everything patients need to be well.
The Provena Healing Arts Pavilion, 410 E. Lincoln Highway, houses doctor offices, an immediate care center, medi-spa, women’s center and even a cafe serving up quick, healthy food.
“We built this building to be an ecosystem. All the parts support each other. They’re intentional,” said Amy Stevens, chief operating officer for Provena St. Joseph Medical Center.
Provena executives drew from their own experiences as patients as well as their doctors’ “wish lists” to come up with the combination of services available in the 45,000-square-foot pavilion, Stevens said.
For starters, primary care doctors have offices there. That includes pediatricians and geriatricians, Stevens said.
After the primary care physician offices close, there is an immediate care center available.
The physicians working in the immediate care center will be able to share information with the primary care physicians, and will have access to a lab and specialty radiologists, Stevens said.
“We put in a lab for blood work and an imaging center. We have everything in this imaging center that you would find in a typical hospital,” Stevens said. “It’s an incredible investment.”
Another major component of the pavilion is a women’s center — staffed primarily with female doctors and specialists for women age 40 and older — that includes a medi-spa with massage therapists, estheticians, nurses and a plastic surgeon.
“Who makes the dentist appointments? Who schedules the physicals? Often the female takes on that role. And often she doesn’t take care of herself,” Stevens said.
“You can now come and see your gynecologist, you can have your (mammogram). If it turns out you need a colonoscopy, we’ll get that scheduled. If it turns out you’ve been having heart palpitations, you can take care of those in one spot,” she said. “And because there’s a medi-spa there, if you want to squeeze in a massage, if you want a facial ... it’s all there.”
There also will be therapists seeing patients and organizing support groups in the women’s center.
For patients juggling multiple doctors and medications, there will be two “nurse navigators” available to help coordinate their care.
Information is at www.provena.org/stjoes/healing.