13 Nov AiroAV Antivirus Writes: OSF completes construction on Streator Transportation Cente
A new transportation center across Bloomington Street from OSF Center for Health in Streator has been built.
The lot was formerly home to the Medical Arts building, part of which is still standing to the west of the transportation center.
The transportation center will house the OSF King Care-A-Van in addition to ambulances from Advanced Medical Transport.
“The completion of the transportation center demonstrates the commitment of OSF HealthCare to serving the community,” said Don Damron, vice president of Ambulatory Services for OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center. “It supports our efforts in the new rural healthcare model by helping to meet requirements for the freestanding emergency center, and positively impacting EMS access and timely transfers; it allows for storage of the OSF King Care-A-Van that is being used to serve our most vulnerable rural community members, and it strengthens community partnerships to meet the needs of the Streator community. We are excited to begin to utilize this new resource.”
The project was funded through a collaboration of donors from Streator and Ottawa with commitments to supporting healthcare in their communities.
“This is a positive move to fulfill the ambulance transfer service requirements for underserved areas of the community and other parts of the region,” said Jack Dzuris, executive director of the Streator Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “As a former member of the HSHS St. Mary’s Foundation and current member of the OSF SEMC Foundation Council, the collaboration between Ottawa and Streator and the willingness to grow together is another ‘we’re in this together’ moment that will continue to help moving us forward toward a new rural healthcare model.”
The transportation center will be celebrated with a blessing at 11 a.m. Friday.