OrthoIllinois breaks ground on Algonquin medical clinic

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Sarah Nader - snader@shawmedia.com Christina LaBrie (left) of Fox Lake and Dr. Frank Bohnenkamp, an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoIllinois, look at blue prints of the new OrthoIllinois building at Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony in Algonquin Sept. 20, 2017. The new 30,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open September 2018 and will offer orthopedic care and sports medicine.[]

ALGONQUIN – OrthoIllinois officials say too often, residents have to travel to larger cities to receive specialized medical care.

But the orthopedic business hopes to service more clients with the opening of a multispecialty clinic at 650 S. Randall Road.

Village officials and members of the OrthoIllinois clinics attended a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday at the site of the new building.

The new clinic will provide bone and joint care, physical and occupational therapy, MRI and X-ray services, durable medical equipment, a casting room and an injury express walk-in center.

CEO Don Schreiner said there is a 40 percent migration rate where people leave McHenry County and go to Chicago or Madison, Wisconsin, for specialized medical services.

“We wanted to bring in highly specialized staff that can meet those needs,” Schreiner said. “We have two fantastic local hospitals in the area and we wanted to add to the depth.”

Additionally, instead of waiting in an emergency room, clients can visit the center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week for emergency care, and are charged the cost of a regular office visit, Marketing Director Lynne Pratt said.

“This service will help save people a lot of money, and they won’t have to sit and wait in an emergency room for treatment with other sick people but can be treated for sprains, concussions, back and neck problems and more,” Pratt said.

The project was estimated to cost $9 million when it initially was proposed in January.

Trustee Janis Jasper said the facility will be a wonderful addition to Algonquin.

“It’s important to have something close in the village where you can receive emergency care,” Jasper said. “Residents can’t always make far trips away. I live down Randall Road, and now I know this service is available and exactly where to go in an emergency.”

Construction for the 30,000-square-foot building with 33 exam rooms began Tuesday, and developers hope to be open by September 2018. The clinic is built in the vacant lot of the Advocate Sherman Immediate Care Center.

The clinic also hopes to add a pediatric orthopedic specialist by late 2018.

OrthoIllinois has clinics in Rockford, Crystal Lake and Huntley.