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October 12, 2009

Aunt Martha’s to expand

DANVILLE — A groundbreaking ceremony Monday kicked off the expansion of Aunt Martha’s Vermilion Area Community Health Center.

Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center, Inc. broke ground on a renovation project that will expand the availability of dental and behavioral health services at the center. The project will triple the health center’s capacity to provide dental and behavioral health services.

The project will add: a dental clinic with nine dental operatories, each with exam chair and equipment; a dental lab; a waiting area; a reception area; a medical records room; a break room; five new behavioral health offices and conference space. Renovations will cover 6,035 square feet of what is currently vacant space directly adjacent to the existing health center.

Although patients still will be able to pass from the existing clinic into the new space, the project will essentially create a separate health center dedicated to the delivery of specialty services like dental and behavioral health, with separate entrances and waiting areas. This renovation will increase the health center’s effectiveness, efficiency and quality of care by eliminating congestion in the reception area but still allowing for the full integration of all the services available within the health center.

Offutt Development of Danville has been hired to serve as the general contractor for the project, which should be completed by early spring 2010.

The estimated cost for the project is close to $700,000, according to Sarah Hamilton, communications and development liaison for Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center.

A significant portion of the funds necessary to complete the project was secured by Aunt Martha’s under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, according to Hamilton.

“That being the case, we are all-the-more excited about this opportunity to not just increase our capacity to provide health care services, but to do so in a way that creates new jobs and new opportunities for the community’s residents,” Hamilton said in an e-mail.

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