CROWN POINT | A Monday opening is planned for the new Adam Benjamin Jr. Veterans Affairs Clinic, an agency spokeswoman said.
The $2.1 million 70,000-square-foot building will open for business at 8 a.m., said Pearl Smith, with the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Chicago.
The new clinic west of the intersection of 93rd Avenue and Broadway in Crown Point replaces the existing clinic next door, which opened in 1988 and had outgrown its 40,000 square feet of space.
Work on the new center started in April. The moving of furniture and equipment into the new space has been ongoing for several weeks.
The design of the new clinic is meant to incorporate the evolving needs of veterans, including added space for female veterans.
A Women's Health Care Suite in the building will house five examination rooms, double the number in the existing clinic. The design of the suite is meant to be more appealing to women, who in the past have not used VA services to the same extent as men, VA officials have said.
Of the nearly 14,000 patients to visit the Adam Benjamin clinic in 2010, about 700 were women.
A satellite clinic to the Jesse Brown Medical Center, the Adam Benjamin Jr. clinic is part of the Great Lakes Region network, serving the highest nationwide percentage of veterans needing services, a Veterans Affairs spokesman said.