MetroSouth Health Center dedicated in Calumet Township
By Evan F. Moore Correspondent June 24, 2014 7:20PM
State Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, and other officials were on hand for a grand opening of the MetroSouth Health Center at Calumet Township. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 26, 2014 6:39AM
Local officials held a grand opening Tuesday at the MetroSouth Health Center at Calumet Township.
The building was initially constructed as a health center in 2005. But when it first opened in 2007, it served as a social service center, providing social services and a food pantry.
The building reopened in November as “MetroSouth Health Center at Calumet Township.” The renovated version is staffed by Dr. Uche Olekanma.
Patricia Pamon, a registered nurse, said the health center provides sustainable solutions for the surrounding community.
“We have an electronic health system. We have 10 other facilities. All of them work together,” she said. “A patient can be seen here. If a doctor is off one day, they can go to one of our other clinics and be seen.”
Getting a health center in Calumet Park has been a longtime goal for State Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island. Rita, along with several other public dignitaries and community members, was on hand for the grand opening, ribbon cutting and dedication.
“You have a local building within the community,” Rita said. “Whether it is seniors or youth, they can team up with the doctor and use the services they are going to provide.”
Calumet Park Mayor Ronald Denson said the health center was a huge acquisition for the village.
“I think it’s going to be a great help because before it became a major player, we didn’t have that, “he said. “The one health care center we had on 127th Street moved out.”
The health center was dedicated to the memory of Rose V. Rita, Bob Rita’s mother and a beloved public servant in Blue Island. She was the town supervisor until her death in 2011.
Rita says the health center adds to his mother’s legacy.
“My mom worked for so many years to help those who needed it,” Rita said, “and now her legacy of serving others will ring true with every patient who comes through those doors.”