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State Board Rejects Mercy Plans for Crystal Lake Hospital

Crain's Chicago Business is reporting the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board today rejected Mercy's plans to build a new hospital in Crystal Lake.


Mercy Health System's application to build a $115 million hospital in Crystal Lake was denied for the second time in the past year by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, Chicago Crain's Business reports.

The review board voted 6-3 Tuesday against the proposed 70-bed facility, earmarked for the corner of Three Oaks Road and Route 31 on Crystal Lake's east side, Crain's said.

In December the review board rejected the Mercy application along with an application by Centegra Health System, which seeks to construct a 128-bed hospital in Huntley. At that time, one review board member was absent.

This past July, the review board - with all members present- approved Centegra's application request by a vote of 6-3. Centegra's Hospital, if completed, would stand 10 miles from the proposed Mercy facility in Crystal Lake.

Since that time, Sherman Health Systems, based in Elgin, and Mercy have filed lawsuits against the planning board, charging its decision was arbitrary, Crain's reported. 

Ken N September 11, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I seem to be missing something...why do we have such a board in the first place? Why do we pay a committee of politicians (with money we don't have) to tell us whether or not we can have another hospital in our community? What can the possible downside be? If Mercy or any other health provider thinks it's a good business decision to expand their services in our community, I'm all for it. Let the open market sort it out. This seems to me to be another situation where our public servants are making rules "for our benefit" just because they can. Does anyone have a counterargument here?
michelle swank September 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM
I wish there was a like button for your post Ken!
Rob September 12, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Just wait...as far as I have heard (I could be wrong) Obama Care controls the opening and closing of all hospitals. A new facility would have to be approved by the state and the Feds. All based on the number of beds available, not the quality of care or the wishes of the community in which it would reside. Why build new hospitals, if you aren't going to care for the elderly, anyway. All they need is office space to counsel us on how to die because we cost more to fix than we are worth! Sounds like an old car, huh?
Ken N September 12, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Agreed, Rob. If Obamacare survives in anything like its current form, it's all moot, isn't it?
Kirk J September 12, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Maybe the board wasnt getting the proper "grease" in their palms? I hope they pay in the lawsuit!
MD September 12, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Possibly the wrong law firm was representing them,

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