14th Jan

2014

Centegra Progresses On Huntley Hospital Construction
Centegra Hospital

Artist rendition of the new Centegra hospital project.

Starting in March, the $200 million Huntley hospital construction will begin.  Centegra Health System got final clearance after some village planning hurdles.

Over the course of 2013, Centegra worked through postponements in the planning process.  These delays were mainly caused by a legal battle with competitors, which has now been settled.  But the struggle isn’t over; competitors of Centegra have filed an appeal against the legal decision.

Centegra remains focused on progressing with planned construction.  A 128-bed and 5-story hospital has been unanimously approved buy the Village Board within Centegra’s existing Huntly hospital campus.

Michael Easley, Centegra Chief Executive, says it’s taken 3 years to reach this point.  The new facility will be unique, will the most modern amenities and equipment.  The community should greatly benefit from these improvements.

This will be Centegra’s 3rd hospital in the county, clocking in at 375,000 square feet.  The facility will serve the expanding northern Kane and and southern McHenry counties.  Huntly is investing in the largest infrastructure improvement project in Huntly’s history.

An 8 bed intensive care facility, dedicated women’s center, fully-equiped emergency department and a helipad (for transporting the critically injured) are included in the design.

Plans have remained comparatively unaltered from earlier in the year, when the initial design was submitted to the board by Centegra executives.

According to Trustee Nick Hannon, the new plans look spectacular.

Lawsuits from Mercy Health Systems, Advocate and Herman Health created delays; so the planning process has not been an easy task for Centegra.  These legal issues pushed back original plans for Centegra construction to begin last October.

In July 2012, the state board approved the Huntley project.  This lawsuit proposed to overturn the state board approval.  Centegra’s plan had been turned down twice by the state’s health facilities board previously.

All competitors vying for the project contended state approval.  They argue the proposal was not aligning with 3 of the state’s twenty standards due to response from the Department of Public Health.

The state board was sided by a Will County Judge; a future need will be met in an area of continued growth and more health care needs.

Advocate and Mercy, which previously merged with Sherman last summer, are actively soliciting an appeal to the judge’s final ruling, according to Aaron Shepley (Centegra General Counsel).

According to Shepley, this appeal process could last 6 to ten months, but shouldn’t hinder construction plans by Centegra.

Shepley says the decision is up to the judge at this point, but this is a normal process that must be gone through.

While March will most likely mark the beginning of the construction project, public will have to wait until next summer to celebrate the progress.

According to Eesley, warmer months are more appropriate to have a ceremony which is usually held when construction begins on a project such as this.

Eesley says he wants this to be a community-based ceremony in warmer weather, rather than just the dignitaries.  It is more pleasing to the public to hold these ceremonies when more are likely to attend due to more comfortable weather.

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