Community Healthcare cuts ribbon on Schererville clinic
By Michelle L. Quinn Post-Tribune correspondent June 25, 2013 10:00PM
Updated: July 27, 2013 6:44AM
SCHERERVILLE — Community Healthcare System’s new Outpatient Center seeks to bridge the health care gap of those who don’t have primary care.
The new center at 7651 Harvest Drive, off U.S. 30, is really two centers under one roof, said Rich Buchler, CHS’ regional director for physician services during the center’s ribbon-cutting Tuesday. The center will provide immediate care for those who need it while also providing three on-staff family physician practices. The setup will be much like the system’s St. John office, which was established in 2001 and proved that Tri-Town was an excellent area in which to put out a doctor’s sign.
“The plan has been (in effect) since the late 1990s, when the (CHS) board decided to expand into the Tri-Town area,” Don Fesko Jr., Community Healthcare System’s CEO, said. “We first opened a clinic on (U.S.) 41 just south of (U.S.) 30 to tremendous success.”
CHS then built the St. John center and in 2010 partnered with Schererville doctor John Hoehn’s practice, which has also been successful, Fesko said.
The building, which formerly housed Brant Construction and office furniture store HDW Warehouse, underwent a between $2 million and $2.5 million renovation that brings to it a full phlebotomy laboratory, diagnostic testing by way of X-rays, CT Scans and MRIs; and three doctors onsite, two of which will rotate between St. John and Schererville, Fesko said. Team Health, a company with whom CHS partners and provides emergency staff for Community Hospital and intermediate care for the St. John clinic, will provide the immediate care staff for Schererville as well.
Julie Mora, one of the physicians who will take up residence in Schererville, is moving into that practice by way of St. Catherine’s Hospital in East Chicago. As an emergency room doctor, Mora said the experiences are much the same.
“So many patients don’t have primary care, so we’re here to provide that care for them,” Mora said. “If someone can’t get in to see their doctor, we can see them and get their records to their doctor. It brings care closer to home.”
Buchler said 14 to 18 people will staff the center at all times, including staff from St. John and new hires.