A community coalition that includes a union seeking to organize at Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook, Ill., accused the system of violating a state order against closing obstetrics and mental-health services at 136-bed Advocate Bethany Hospital, Chicago. The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board in June rejected Advocate's request to shut down the services as part of a move to transform the hospital into a long-term-care facility. The community group, Clergy and Community Committed to Save Bethany, made up of the Service Employees International Union and religious and community leaders, protested the planned conversion. The group now says patients are being told Bethany no longer offers obstetrics or mental-health services in violation of the planning board's ruling. Advocate spokesman Tony Mitchell denied the assertion. "Our OB and mental-health units are open, but ultimately we are driven by physician referrals, and they decide whether or not to admit patients," Mitchell said. The planning board meets again in September. Mitchell said he was unsure yet whether Advocate's appeal will be on the agenda.
Group accuses Ill. system of violating state order
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