Memorial Medical expansion approved by state board

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[December 14, 2012]  BOLINGBROOK -- The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has approved Memorial Medical Center's certificate of need application for the nonprofit hospital's $122.4 million expansion project. The board gave its unanimous approval on Dec. 10 in Bolingbrook.

"We are pleased that the state planning board approved this important project," said Mitch Johnson, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Memorial Health System. "Construction is scheduled to begin in March and will be completed in phases, with the final phase finished in early 2016."

The project includes:

  • Construction of three floors with 114 private patient rooms near the hospital entrance.

  • Six new operating rooms and renovation of perioperative and surgery services.

  • Development of a new main entrance plaza and renovation of the main lobby.

  • Upgrading of the hospital utilities infrastructure.

"This project will position Memorial to provide for our community's well-being for many decades to come," said Ed Curtis, president and chief executive officer of Memorial Health System. "These additions to our hospital will increase privacy, comfort and safety for our patients and improve the setting we provide for family members and others who visit our hospital every day."

Target completion dates for the various phases of the expansion project are December 2014 for the first phase of the surgery expansion and main lobby renovation, May 2015 for the second phase of the surgery renovation, and January 2016 for the new private patient rooms and main entrance renovation.

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In addition, the hospital is building the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, a three-story, 50,000-square-foot facility on the southeast corner of Rutledge and Miller streets. The center did not need approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.

The learning center will include a large conference room to accommodate up to 300 people for professional classes, conferences, Memorial-sponsored health learning events and other such educational programs. A state-of-the-art clinical simulation center and a surgical-skills laboratory will include facilities to provide hands-on training and patient care education in simulated clinical settings.

Memorial officials said 100 new jobs will need to be filled within Memorial Medical Center to staff and operate the additional facilities by the time all stages of the expansion project are completed in 2016. An estimated 400 construction jobs will also be created in the community during the construction period.

[Text from file received from Memorial Medical Center]

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