HERRIN, Ill.-The owner of 98-bed Herrin Hospital has appealed the denial of an application to move its obstetrics department to a sister hospital. In September, the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board voted to deny an application from Southern Illinois Health Care Enterprises to move the department from Herrin 15 miles away to another of the facilities it owns, 150-bed Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. The planning board said if Herrin wants to do away with its obstetrics department, it must be moved to Marion Hospital, which is 10 miles away, so patients don't have to travel so far. Marion is a city-owned facility. "A healthcare system should be able to centralize services when it's economically feasible, and we shouldn't be hampered because the state is drawing arbitrary service lines," said Herrin Hospital Administrator Larry Feil.
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