Provena opening new health facility in New Lenox
By Janet Lundquist firstname.lastname@example.org July 19, 2012 7:42PM
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: August 21, 2012 6:11AM
NEW LENOX — The brand new building on Route 30 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 Saint Joseph Medical Center. “If you were a patient, what would you need put together in the same location to become your medical hub so you could get as much as possible in one location?”
The community can see it for themselves this weekend, as an open house is planned for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Visitors can meet the doctors working there, tour the women’s center and spa and see a live demonstration by the spa’s board-certified plastic surgeon, Alan Chen. There also will be activities for kids — a teddy bear clinic, balloon animals, Batman and a magician.
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 Healing Arts Pavilion, which opens for business on Monday.
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 full, state-of-the-art 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 on staff.
“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 will also 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.
For more information, visit www.provena.org/stjoes/healing.