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Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board Turns Down Centegra’s Open Heart Surgery Application

On April 25, the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board monthly meeting in Springfield, the Board issued an intent to deny ruling on Centegra’s Certificate of Need Application to establish open heart surgery at Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry.

“We are very disappointed in the board’s decision,” Michael S. Eesley, Centegra President and CEO said. “We truly believe that the establishment of an open heart surgery program for the McHenry County area is a vital component needed to help improve the health of the people of this community,” he added.

Centegra has spent years preparing for the establishment of an open heart surgery program at its McHenry hospital. “We have literally spent more than ten years taking all of the right steps in order to meet the rules set forth by the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board to bring this much needed service to the people of McHenry County,” Aaron Shepley, Senior Vice President and Site Administrator for Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center stated. “The board’s decision sends the wrong message to those hospitals that have worked diligently to follow the necessary steps and rules to bring quality healthcare to their respective communities,” Shepley added.

“We will continue on our mission to bring open heart surgery to our patients and hopefully the board will realize that bringing cardiovascular health full-circle in McHenry County is really the right thing to do for this growing community,” Shepley said. Centegra’s application will be reviewed again at an upcoming Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board meeting.