The Community Health Care Clinic in Normal is adding dental service as it opens its expanded facility on Franklin Avenue later this month.
Director Angie McGlaughlin said they have created a four chair clinic to add to what the health department is already doing. Area dentists also offer periodic extraction clinics.
"Demand is an understatement. There are tens of thousands of people in McLean County that do not currently have access to that kind of affordable care," said McGlaughlin.
The Clinic hopes to begin dental services soon after the first of the year.
McGlaughlin said having dental services on site helps create more access because the clinic has an established trusting relationship with the more than a thousand people already served every year. She said dental access is a little different than primary care access, so the clientele will not completely overlap. There is an opportunity to extend other medical services to more people as well, she said.
There will be an October 27th open house to show off the new space.
The new clinic facility has grown from two thousand four hundred square feet to more than eleven thousand. McLaughlin said they doubled the number of exam rooms, and created patient education space.