For almost 35 years, the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic has provided free health care for those in need living in Will and Grundy counties.
The clinic, which is remodeling and renovating the interior and exterior of its 100-year-old building, will celebrate its 34th anniversary May 19 at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204. S. Ottawa St. Joliet.
Tickets are $75 and include two free drink tickets, sweet and savory appetizers from Bella Cucina Catering, cash bar, raffle and silent auction. RSVP by Thursday by calling 815-726-3377 ext. 225 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
But the celebration already has started for Will-Grundy Medical Clinic. On April 19, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster presented the nonprofit with a $300,000 check toward the renovation of the clinic’s building, which is located on 213 E. Cass St. in Joliet, according to a news release from the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic.
Each year, the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic provides free health care, assistance with prescription medicine and referrals to free specialty care to more than 1,000 patients and clients and has several programs in place to meet those needs.
When the clinic transitioned to telehealth at the beginning of the pandemic, it was able to provide smart devices to some of its patients, according to a 2020 Herald-News story.
Then in 2021, the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic began the Housing, Healthcare and Hope Demonstration Program. Through partnering with other community organizations, the clinic could help its homeless patients obtain housing along with one-on-one care coordination and medical case management, according to a 2021 Herald-News story.
Shawn Marconi, executive director of the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic in Joliet, said in that story that stable housing is important to wellness.
“If you don’t have stable housing, it’s very difficult to manage chronic illness,” Marconi said. “It’s very difficult to take medication on time and to eat right.”
The clinic has offered other programs through the years, including a diabetes prevention program.
For information on the impact the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic had on the community, visit willgrundymedicalclinic.org/our-impact.
For information on the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic, visit willgrundymedicalclinic.org or call 815-726-3377.