PCC unveils newly renovated school-based community health center

CHICAGO, Ill. – July 7, 2016 – On July 5, 2016, PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) completed renovations of its first school-based community health center: PCC Community Wellness Center at Steinmetz. The newly renovated facility located inside Steinmetz College Prep High School provides access to comprehensive primary care and behavioral health services to Steinmetz students as well as community members of all ages. The health center primarily serves the Chicago communities of Belmont-Cragin, Dunning, and Montclare. Staff includes an attending physician, family nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, health education specialist, care coordinator, financial counselor, registered nurse, medical assistant, patient care representative, as well as management staff.

Since November 2015, PCC at Steinmetz has been caring for patients in a temporary space; however, the high school graciously provided 4,500 square feet for a permanent location. The renovations consisted of new flooring, lighting, plumbing, paint, and heating and cooling system. The facility includes patient waiting areas, five exam rooms, a group session room, offices, and restrooms.

Students can conveniently access the school-based health center from inside the building. However, a separate entrance and parking lot allows for increased accessibility for the general community. As a result, students and community residents will be able to access the center during non-school hours.

PCC was awarded a generous federal grant for the health center’s operational expenses from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in 2015. Renovations were made possible by a New Market Tax Credit Transaction.

Steinmetz Entrance COMPRESSED