Eastern Iowa Health Center holds grand opening celebration

The Eastern Iowa Health Center held a ribbon cutting on Thursday.
The Eastern Iowa Health Center held a ribbon cutting on Thursday. (KCRG)
Published: Oct. 27, 2016 at 8:56 PM CDT
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The Eastern Iowa Health Center can now help more patients than ever before. The center held a ribbon-cutting Thursday at its location on Third Avenue Southeast in Cedar Rapids.

It's celebrating a renovation and expansion that allows it to serve more than 40,000 people each year. The health center says the project was necessary because of the increase in the number of people it's seeing.

President and CEO of the Eastern Iowa Health Center Joe Lock says one of the biggest changes is an increase in the amount of space for exam rooms.

"In the renovation, we increased the amount of exam room space by 30 percent and we really made it ready for modern medicine and it’s very exciting to have the support of the community and the staff and our board that made it all possible," Lock said.

The health center also held an open house to show people the new facility. It included a health fair and activities for children.

Lock says the new and improved space will allow it to see more patients, including those who may not be able to afford care.

"The thing that separates Eastern Iowa Health Center as a federally qualified health center from going to the doctor's office that a lot of people are used to is that we specialize in working with a population that if they don't have the ability to pay, we treat them anyway because everyone deserves the right to outstanding medical care," Lock said.

The renovation and expansion cost nearly two million dollars. Nearly half of that came from grants through the federal government.