WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After years of anticipation, West Terre Haute residents will receive a new medical facility in the community with groundbreaking set to take place in September.
Many West Terre Haute residents travel further than most to receive medical attention or medicine from a pharmacy.
To relieve that problem, the Valley professionals Community Health Center is working to open the “West Terre Haute Clinic and Pharmacy.”
The clinic will provide seven exam rooms and two behavioral health rooms with a goal of putting patients first.
“Meet with your primary care doctor and our focus has always kind of been on a patient center approach,” TJ Warren, CEO for Valley Professionals Community Health Center, said. “We really want to be that one stop shop for all of our patients to kind of come and go. That kind of creates better compliance for the patients in the area.”
The health center has raised 1.2 million of its 1.5 million dollar goal to open the facility. People living in the area believes the new clinic will be very beneficial to the community.
“For the city of West Terre Haute, this is an amazing thing because instead of being a couple miles to get where they need to it’s just a couple blocks,” Chris Switzer, Vigo County Commissioner, said. “So having this located in the center of West Terre Haute easily accessible by all of our residents and a pharmacy too is tremendous for that side of the river.”
To help reach the fundraising goal, Valley Professionals is hosting a “Putting Health First” golf outing on September 10th at the William S. Rea Golf Course in Terre Haute. For those working to create this facility, making sure residents have access to care and medicine they need is of great importance.
“Valley Professionals has ways of providing medications at free or reduced,” Warren said. “We don’t want cost to ever be a deterrent of getting your medications because having those medications for hypertension, diabetes is truly what this is all about.”
Construction is expected to be completed in either February or March.