State announces money for community health centers

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago community health center says a $3 million grant from the state will help it provide better patient care.

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago community health center says a $3 million grant from the state will help it provide better patient care.

The Lawndale Christian Health Center is one of 14 centers throughout Illinois that’s sharing a $30.5 million grant from the state’s capital construction program. Other health centers outside Chicago receiving grants include facilities in Anna, Carbondale and Champaign.

The Lawndale center is building a new facility on Chicago’s West Side that will provide medical and dental care. An official says it also will create jobs. The center’s chief says it’ll be able to charge a little less to keep rates affordable because the state grant will offset debt.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn praised the work of community health centers as the best way to deliver health care in neighborhoods.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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