ROCKFORD (WREX) — Crusader Community Health has announced it will tear down its clinic on West State Street and build a $12 million, state-of-the-art facility at the same location.
CEO Gordon Eggers made the announcement during a news conference Friday.
Eggers says the state of the art facility will improve and modernize the delivery of medical, dental and behavioral health services to current and future patients.
It will be a two-story building with a similar limestone facade as Crusader’s location on Alpine Road. Most patient activities will be on the first floor, making services easily accessible. Leaders say the current layout is inefficient, and that the new building will be bigger at 49,000 square feet.
There will be 30 exam rooms, which is the same number at the current location. Leaders say they will be more efficient, though.
Services will stay the same, but will be modernized and will continue to build on behavioral health needs in the area. Walgreens will also have a location inside the clinic.
The current clinic will stand while the new building goes under construction where the current employee parking lot is. Once the new clinic is up and running, the old one will be torn down for parking and green space.
A ground breaking is expected for summer 2019.
“This is a historic day in our community,” Mayor Tom McNamara said.
Barbara Roman, the founder of Crusader Community Health, spoke about the history of the medical clinic and all of the changes it has seen since opening in Rockford.
She says the new clinic will build on its past and look toward the future.
“It’s kind of a sad and happy time for me. We’re going to tear down my high school, but at the same time we’re going to build a clinic that is going to make people feel good,” Roman said. “It’s going to be a beautiful building. A lot of times, people have needs and a lot of times the places they enter are not beautiful. But now, we’re going to have a beautiful new clinic for them.”