Renovation, expansion likely to increase HealthNet visits
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JANESVILLE A newly completed expansion will let HealthNet serve twice as many patients, Executive Director Traci Rogers said.
Patient enrollment had been limited, Rogers said, because HealthNet didn't have the space for additional staff and volunteers to serve them.
"This is a place where people come to heal. We made these changes to provide better care for them overall. Now, we can easily double the number of our patient visits," Rogers said.
"We look forward to getting settled and continuing to meet the increased need."
HealthNet provides primary health care and dental care to the uninsured and low-income residents of Rock County. Patient visits totaled 8,982 in the last fiscal year, Rogers said. For the same period, HealthNet also provided 1,238 visits at its dental clinic.
HealthNet added 1,380 square feet of administration space on the first floor of 23 W. Milwaukee St., directly below the 2,135 square feet of clinic space on the second floor. The result is more space on the second floor to deliver health care.
The project doubled the number of exam rooms, created a new medication dispensing area and provided new space for the nursing staff and volunteers. Improvements were made to the lighting system, air conditioning, walls and floors. A handicap-accessible bathroom and updated security system were added, Rogers said.
Work started in September, progressed in three stages and ended Jan. 21. With the exception of getting more office furniture and putting things away, the $218,500 project is complete and all the money to pay for it has been raised, Rogers said.
Business manager Cheryl Renly said the renovation and expansion have helped her "enormously."
"There are fewer interruptions, less background noise and a storage room for things that used to be in my office. I can reach everything now," she said.
Renly, who does payroll and auditing and is the primary overseer of confidential paperwork at the local, free downtown clinic, also now has an office door that locks.
Before, when Renly had to leave her office she shared with two other people, she'd have to stack all of her paperwork, lock it in a file drawer then pull it back out, figure out where she left off and start all over, again.
"It's been a huge help," she said.
Renly is not alone.
Licensed Practical Nurse Cindy Lewis was excited about her new staff workspace.
"This will be more efficient, and it's just what we needed. We were so cramped before," she said.
A female patient who has been using HealthNet for 20 years said the remodeling has made waiting less crowded.
"You don't feel like you're sitting on top of someone," the woman said.
She asked to not be identified to protect her privacy.
Patient Dennis Mendrzycki, 53, Janesville, said the newly remodeled waiting room—which still smelled Monday of fresh paint, plaster and flooring—was better.
"Before it was cramped, hard to get around the chairs," he said.
He was looking forward to using the new prescription dispensation area.
"I'll enjoy the privacy," Mendrzycki said.