The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board approved a $126 million expansion of 333-bed Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, Joliet, Ill.; rejected for the second time a proposal by Advocate Health Care to build a new hospital in Tinley Park, Ill.; and deferred a decision on a competing proposal by SSM Health Care. The Joliet expansion includes an eight-story patient tower and 199 new private rooms. The certificate-of-need board has rejected several hospital projects since being dissolved and reconstituted last summer following allegations it was inappropriately influenced in CON decisions. The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago is investigating the board's practices, and the board's former vice chairman was named in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by officials with Edward Health Services Corp., Naperville, Ill., alleging that the system's CON request was not approved because it did not hire particular firms to work on the project. -- by Mark Taylor
Ill. OKs $126 million expansion, rejects second proposal
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