Mile Square Center opens, Chicago, January 21, 2014

Dignitaries at the Mile Square opening.President Easter joined trustees, campus officials and staff, and community leaders to celebrate the grand opening of the Mile Square Health Center in January.

Mile Square is the first federally qualified health center in the Chicago area – and among the first in the nation – to offer urgent and specialty care, not just primary and preventative health services.

The expanded range of services includes specialties such as cardiology, mammography, ophthalmology, psychiatry and pulmonology – services provided regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

The five-story, 122,000-square-foot facility opened Jan. 6, and more than 76,000 patient visits are expected in its first year of operation. The health center was funded in part through a $12 million federal grant, received in a competitive process for construction of new federally qualified health centers under the Affordable Care Act.

The new center is the flagship for Mile Square’s network of 12 community health centers, some in the poorest neighborhoods of Chicago.

Visitors and staff gathered to hear remarks and learn about the new facility.