Chicago Heights medical building to close
BY CASEY TONER firstname.lastname@example.org April 7, 2013 3:52PM
Lynette Greenwood shows Sister Madonna Rougeau the lab area at Franciscan Express Care in Frankfort. A new urgent care center that is being built in Chicago Heights will be modeled after the Frankfort facility. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 9, 2013 6:02AM
The WellGroup Health Partners building in Chicago Heights is set to close in June.
Daniel McCormick, president of the Speciality Physicians of Illinois and former president of WellGroup Health Partners, said most of the doctors who used to operate in the building will be moving to space at St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields.
The decision to move out of the old building at 333 Dixie Highway is being made as the doctors who formed WellGroup Health Partners have split into two separate groups.
The group’s specialists, who worked out of the Chicago Heights location, have joined Speciality Physicians of Illinois, which is owned by the Franciscan Physician Network.
WellGroup Health Partners’ family doctors, who have practices throughout the Southland, have also joined the Franciscan Physician Network.
The doctors who are part of the Speciality Physicians of Illinois — including those who practice urology, cardiology, breast surgery and other specialities — will move to St. James, 20201 S. Crawford Ave.
“After a lot of capital improvement, it’s no longer meeting our needs,” McCormick said of the Chicago Heights building.
That location previously offered extended after-hours care, urgent care and an ambulatory surgical center which is owned by St. James Hospital. The group’s lease is up in June.
McCormick said that with the closure, the Franciscan Physician Alliance will open a new urgent care center adjacent to the St. James Health Physical Therapy Center, 211 Dixie Highway. The facility will be modeled after its sister site near LaGrange and St. Francis roads in Frankfort, which opened in April.
The urgent care center will occupy part of the city’s long-vacant Garafalo’s grocery store. A staff physician, two medical assistants and a radiology technician will work at the urgent care center.
Demolition on the property started in March and the new urgent care center is expected to open in midsummer, McCormick said. He said the center will treat minor lacerations, head colds, fractures and minor trauma.
“We’re trying to replace the services the city of Chicago Heights needs and we’re relocating our physicians to facilities that are more updated,” McCormick said.