Crusader Clinic receives funds from Congress

Thanks to U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-16), Crusader Clinic has received $982,065 in federal funding through the Health Care and other Facilities Construction Award Program. The award application submitted by the clinic was approved by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The funding will be used to support the cost of necessary facility improvements, such as upgrading the electrical service that is at capacity at both Rockford-based clinics, tuck-pointing and sealing exterior brick that is crumbling at the Crusader Clinic on Broadway. Additionally, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems will be upgraded, replacing a 1920s and a 1940s steam boiler, fire sprinklers will be installed in unprotected areas, and elevators will be rehabbed to reach new clinic areas.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to Rep. Manzullo and his staff for their successful efforts to obtain this funding for infrastructure improvements at Crusader Clinic,” said Gordon Eggers Jr., Crusader Clinic CEO.

The funds will greatly enhance Crusader’s efforts to serve many more patients that reached more than 41,000 individual patients during the past 12 months. The clinic continues to serve more than 1,000 new patients monthly.

As a community health center, Crusader Clinic has provided primary health care services for the diverse health care needs of the medically under-served in the northern Illinois region for more than 33 years.

The Crusaders Health Foundation has established a $4.5 million capital campaign focused on improving and expanding clinic facilities to keep up with the growing demand for Crusader care.

“These funds will be used as an incentive to raise additional funds from the community to complete the necessary improvements and facility expansion projects that are critical to Crusader’s ability to keep up with the growing demand for care,” noted Barbara Huffman, president of Crusader’s Health Foundation.

The Crusaders Central Clinic Association is a community-based, not-for-profit, Illinois Corporation, whose mission is to serve the Rock River Valley area with quality, primary health care for people in need on an affordable sliding discount basis. Crusader Clinic operates four clinics: Crusader Clinic on West State Street, 1200 W. State; Crusader Clinic on Broadway, Broadway & 7th; Crusader Clinic Belvidere, 1050 Logan Ave., Belvidere; and Crusader’s Community Clinic of Northwest Illinois at the Stephenson County Health Department, Freeport.

Info: 490-1621.

From the Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2005, issue

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