The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board approved the first new hospital in the state in more than two decades and left open the possibility of reconsidering applications for two other new hospitals in suburban Chicago. Mercy Alliance of Janesville, Wis., won permission for an $81.4 million project in north suburban Crystal Lake, Ill., that will include a 70-bed hospital and a physician clinic. The project previously had been rejected. The board also issued "intent to deny" rulings on certificate-of-need requests by Edward Hospital and Health Services, Naperville, Ill., and Adventist Health System Sunbelt Health Care Corp., Winter Park, Fla., which operates three Chicago-area hospitals. Edward Hospital said it has requested a June 16 hearing on the board's questions about its proposed $169 million, 146-bed hospital in Plainfield, Ill. Adventist is expected to appeal the decision on its plan for a $130 million, 138-bed hospital in Plainfield, a planning board spokeswoman said. At its June meeting, the board also will consider CON requests for two new hospitals in Chicago's south suburbs. -- by Mark Taylor
Ill. OKs one new hospital, may rehash two others
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