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Mercy Hospital to open clinic inside new CHA development

Artist rendering Oakwood Shores Terrace Apartments.

Artist rendering of Oakwood Shores Terrace Apartments.

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Updated: October 23, 2012 6:03AM

When CHA’s Oakwood Shores Terraces is complete next year, its residents won’t have to go far to get a checkup.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center will run a 21,000-square-foot family clinic inside the new Oakland development, a six-story building that will house 48 units of mixed-income residential units

The Chicago Housing Authority says it will be the first CHA housing property to include a medical facility when it opens next spring.

Both CHA and Mercy say they expect the proximity of the clinic to result in better care for the Oakwood Shores Terrace residents.

“If you do surveys of people and why they don’t get things done or why they haven’t had a test, accessibility in so many ways comes up,” said Mercy spokeswoman Constance Murphy. “When you bring it to them, it certainly increases the odds” that they will go to the clinic more often.

The idea of putting a clinic at Oakwood Shores Terraces came up at a CHA stakeholder meeting when an article was mentioned about the disparity in breast cancer deaths between white and black women.

The most recent data from the Sinai Urban Health Institute, from 2005 to 2007, has found that black women with breast cancer are 62 percent more likely to die than white women, even though white women were diagnosed with the disease more often.

The clinic will offer obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine and pediatric medicine.

Oakwood Shores Terraces, at South Cottage Grove and East 38th, started construction in March. As part of CHA’s Plan for Transformation, the mixed-income Oakwood Shores Terraces will replace the Madden/Wells/Darrow public housing that was torn down there.

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