Springfield clinic expanding to care for more patients

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ A Springfield clinic is in the middle of a $16 million expansion, planned to handle the volume of patients who are gaining insurance through President Barack Obama’s health overhaul.

The Springfield Journal-Register reports that the project at Southern Illinois University’s Center for Family Medicine will be completed during 2016. Memorial Health System is funding the project.

The clinic provides training for SIU family medicine residents. The expansion will double the number of exam rooms and make it possible for the clinic to hire about 40 more employees. The clinic sees up to 19,000 patients annually, a 60 percent increase from three years ago.

A second federally funded health clinic in Springfield _ Central Counties Health Centers _ opened a $4 million addition in May.
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Information from: The State Journal-Register

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