Decision on hospital project delayed until Jan. 27

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DECISION POSTPONED: The decision on whether to build a new St. Elizabeth's Hospital along Interstate 64 north of Belleville has been delayed until Jan. 27.

Belleville IL – Supporters of the proposal to build a new St. Elizabeth’s Hospital along Interstate 64 north of Belleville will have to wait until Jan. 27 for a state government committee to decide if the project can move ahead.

The new hospital is expected to provide some $300 million in work for building trades and construction unions and open the door for an estimated $1 billion in additional projects adjacent to the 114-acre campus near I-64 and Green Mount Road.

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board had been scheduled to rule on the proposal at its meeting Dec. 16, but accepted a request for a month-long delay from St. Elizabeth’s.

Hospital officials were concerned because only five of the board’s eight members were expected to attend the meeting, and the hospital project must get five favorable votes to obtain a Certificate of Need allowing it to proceed.

St. Elizabeth’s will now seek approval at the board’s next meeting, at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Bolingbrook Country Club, 2001 Rodeo Drive, in suburban Chicago.

“We hope to present our project to the full board,” said Maryann Reese, president and CEO of St. Elizabeth’s.

The new hospital would have 144 private patient rooms, an emergency room, state-of-the-art operating facilities and inpatient rehabilitation. Services would include cancer care, birthing suites, accredited stroke care and heart care.

The present 303-room hospital in Belleville was built in the 1950s. It would be torn down, under the plan, leaving an outpatient medical campus with doctors’ offices, labs, therapy services and an urgent care center on the site.

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