New west side health center holds open house

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It's a comprehensive, new heath center opening in a neighborhood that needs one.

Eskenazi Health West 38th Street opens Monday. Saturday, there was an open house to showcase what's unique about the facility for patients.

"I am going to read it to see what I need," said Mardiana Roberson.

Mardiana Roberson brought her five children Saturday to tour the new, Eskenazi Health West 38th Street health center.

Roberson has healthcare through her employer, but believes this new facility in her neighborhood could help her save money and change her community.

"The closet thing to us is downtown. Having something in our community can probably help out a lot of people in our community," said Mardiana Roberson.

The waiting "room" is more laid back than most healthcare settings with lounge chair furniture.

Patient rooms are sectioned off based on age. The teenagers have their own area for care, complete with these pink walls.

The out-patient clinic offers medical care for everyone, with or without insurance.

"We are trying to provide a facility that is pleasing and healing to people when they walk into it," said Dr. Ken Klotz.

The rehabilitation center offers physical, occupational and speech therapy for kids and adults. They expect to treat nearly 100 people a day.

"Being here in a free standing building, out in the community, where our patients are is going to be much easier for our patients," said Lorie Thorp with Eskenazi Health.

An urgent care center, dental unit and pharmacy will also fill up the 70,000 square-foot health center on the west side.

The doors to the clinic open Monday at 8 a.m. to the public.

Parking at Eskenazi Health West 38th Street is always free.

Eskenazi Health West 38th Street is the health system's first new primary care center built under the new name.

Formerly Wishard Hospital, EsKenzi Health will open their new, downtown hospital in December.