NORTH LAWNDALE — The pharmacy at Lawndale Christian Health Center moved last week to 3910 West Ogden Ave., where it will offer a bright and sunny new space for patients looking to fill their prescriptions.
“The best thing about this is that we have a waiting area that’s a little bit more comfortable,” said Chris Shah, head pharmacist at the health center.
The new pharmacy has much more space than the old one, features an extra pick-up counter for medications, and according to Shah, large windows that make the space much more welcoming to patients.
“We were kind of in a very tight space, and it didn’t have as much natural light. So we’re excited to be able to see out, to kind of see the neighborhood, to see the weather, to see some sunshine come though the windows. That’s something I’m hoping both patients and staff here appreciate,” Shah said.
The new location is just one block away from the previous site, in what was previously a Medicaid office run by the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services. The building underwent a gut rehab to furnish the space for the needs of the pharmacy. Shah says that the new, more spacious design will help make it quicker for patients to pick up their prescriptions.
“We put a lot of thought into the design in here to make sure it was as efficient as possible to hopefully bring down our wait times and speed up the process a little bit for our patients as well,” he said.
The new location also houses the health center’s new Immediate Care Clinic which opened in March. The new clinic offers a full range of same-day services that can serve patients who might otherwise pay a costly visit to the emergency room.
Pascal Sabino is a Report for America corps member covering Austin, North Lawndale and Garfield Park for Block Club Chicago.
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