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Edgewater Health Moves to a New Clinic Location in Merrillville; Closes University Park Location in Gary 

October 5, 2023

GARY, IND. (September 28, 2023) – Edgewater Health (EH) has announced a recent clinic move from the University Park location at 3535 Broadway, Gary, Ind., 46408 to a new location at 5495 Broadway in Merrillville, Ind. This location in Merrillville opened in mid-September.  

“The move from our University Park clinic to the new Merrillville location will allow us to serve more patients in an expanded geography,” said Dr. Gerri Browning, Edgewater Health’s Chief Medical Officer. “With the introduction of this new location also comes a strong addition to our team as we welcome Dr. Chiedu Nchekwube to our primary care family. We know he has a longstanding reputation in the community for helping patients and building lasting relationships.” 

Chiedu Nchekwube, MD, FAAFP, ABIHM graduated from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed his residency at Indiana University and an internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, before settling in northwest Indiana. He is board-certified in Family Medicine. 

He is joined at the Merrillville Clinic location by Laresse Harris, DNP. 

“I’m excited to join Edgewater Health at this new clinic,” shared Dr. Nchekwube. “My practice focuses on family medicine and assisting patients with simple, natural and effective ways to care for themselves and maintain wellness.” 

This new Merrillville Clinic also features The Wellness Shoppe, which offers patients access to high-quality vitamins and pharmaceutical-grade supplements. 

Those interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Nchekwube or Harris should call 844-4-Edgewater (or simply dial 844-433-4392). Visit to learn more.  

About Edgewater Health 

Edgewater Health (EH) is northwest Indiana’s full-service partner for culturally competent, high-quality primary care and behavioral health services. EH’s approach to caring for the whole person begins with health screenings and assessments, and then extends to integrated and specialized care. Across ten different locations, EH can assist patients with addiction and opioid treatment, inpatient services, outpatient services, adult residential services and more.   

EH originated in 1974 as the Gary Community Mental Health Center and has grown steadily in response to the community’s needs. In 2015, EH established the Rapid Access Center, the only one of its kind in the state of Indiana, and it achieved Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike status under the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in 2019. Then, in 2022, an EH Clinic opened in Cedar Lake, providing primary care with a focus on women’s health, prenatal and gynecological care. Next year, in 2024, EH will celebrate 50 years of excellence at its annual gala.  

EH participates in the VA’s Substance Treatment and Recovery (STAR) model for active duty and veteran service members. EH is also accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Learn more about EH at