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Images: Focul Point

The Esperanza Health Centre is a community health system whose mission is to promote a healthy lifestyle and improved health status through the provision of high-quality care and wellness services.

For a quick overview of this article, click the video.

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Emphasising prevention and education, services are provided by bilingual and culturally diverse staff dedicated to overcoming the barriers faced by underserved communities. Esperanza – meaning hope in Spanish – is living up to its name.

 

Services and care for all

Esperanza envisions a world where community residents will be served regardless of their immigration status, race/ethnicity, income or insurance coverage, and will be able to realise their full potential through optimum health.

Understanding that health is a combination of physical, mental and spiritual balance, the new Esperanza Health Centre focuses on creating spaces for healing and wholeness. It is the building that this community needs to heal, flourish and feel supported.

 

Fully accessible community health centre

JGMA designed a fully accessible building that is a contemporary community health centre, providing critical services that are currently lacking in the southwest area of Chicago. By teaming up with local specialty care and community-based organisations, the new facility will house comprehensive healthcare services and utilises forward-thinking design to attract and unite the surrounding community.

 

Open-plan building

The brownfield site was transformed from an unyielding concrete slab into a new clinic with outdoor walking and community garden spaces, and a paved vehicular lot. Community interaction is first and foremost in the new building, and the ground floor has been designed to liberate the typical definitions of interior and exterior.

 

Blurring the lines between public plaza and lobby and site, the colourful plaza serves to both attract the community and orient visitors to and through their ultimate destinations. This flowing, open lobby plan, at the most predominant corner of the site, will become the central and vibrant hub of the facility.

Full acknowledgment and thanks go to www.v2com-newswire.com/en/newsroom/categories/institutional-architecture/press-kits/2329-07/esperanza-health-centre for the information in this editorial.

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