Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago will lease the Department of Veterans Affairs' Lakeside Hospital for $50 million. Terms of the agreement allow the VA to continue using the facility until Dec. 31, 2007. VA Secretary Anthony Principi announced the deal at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new $99.5 million Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. The VA announced in August 2003 that it would shift inpatient services from Lakeside in downtown Chicago to the Jesse Brown hospital located on the poorer West Side. At deadline, Northwestern and Rehabilitation Institute officials could not be reached for comment. -- by Mark Taylor
Chicago hospitals to expand into VA facilities
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