Primary Health Care Provider Mr. Richard Yenkong, MSN APN FNP-BC, has joined the staff of the Eastern Branch Office of the Will County CHC (Community Health Center) in Monee. Mr. Yenkong has an interesting and varied background, which the CHC believes will contribute to his ability to successfully serve community members of Eastern Will County.
According to a 2017 survey given to Will County residents by the WCHD (Will County Health Department) to assess community strengths and weaknesses, residents residing in Eastern Will County expressed concern that there were not enough primary care providers in the area, particularly those who accept Medicaid.
The WCHD and CHC heard their concerns and in 2019 expanded primary care services to the WCHD Eastern Branch Office in Monee, IL. Primary care services are provided every Wednesday, from 9:00am – 5:00pm at the Monee location.
Mr. Yenkong is from Cameroon, West Africa; and is the first child of 8 siblings. He was a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine before moving to the USA. Soon afterwards, he decided to pursue nursing to provide healthcare services to the underserved, low income, and all residents in need of primary care throughout our community.
In addition to offering primary care services at the Will County Community Health Center Eastern Branch in Monee on Wednesdays, Nurse Practitioner Richard Yenkong will also be available at the CHC Northern Branch in Bolingbrook, and the main building in Joliet.
Mr. Yenkong received an Associate degree from Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL; a Bachelor’s in Nursing degree from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL; and a Master of Nursing Sciences-FNP from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. He is also coming in with family practice and correctional healthcare experience. In addition, Mr. Yenkong is a Captain and Nurse Practitioner in the US Army Reserve. He is married with 4 children; 3 girls and a boy.
The Will County Health Department Eastern Branch Office is located southwest of the intersection of W. Monee-Manhattan Road and S. Egyptian Trail in Monee.
Mr. Yenkong is looking forward to providing primary care services to the community of Eastern Will County. He will also provide primary care services at the CHC Joliet (main CHC building, 1106 Neal Ave.) and Bolingbrook (Northern Branch, 323 Quadrangle Drive) locations. He considers himself a very easy going and understanding person, approachable, dependable, reliable, and always willing to go an extra mile. We are happy to have him as an amazing addition to our wonderful Primary Care Staff.
For appointments at all Will County Community Health Center branches, call 815-727-8670. For more information on Community Health Center programs, please go to https://willcountyhealth.org/chc/.