For more information, call: 877-CENTEGRA

Opportunity exists for public support of hospital in southern McHenry County

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CRYSTAL LAKE – Centegra Health System has announced another step forward in the state review process for increasing access to healthcare in Southern McHenry County and Northern Kane County. A public hearing regarding the proposed Centegra Hospital Huntley has been set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Huntley Village Hall.”Since we announced our plans for a new full-service acute-care hospital at Haligus Road and Reed Road on the existing healthcare campus in Huntley, we’ve seen tremendous support from the community,”  said Centegra Chief Executive Officer, Michael S. Eesley. “That’s why we decided to request a public hearing on our project. We want to give our many supporters the opportunity to learn more about our plans and to share their enthusiasm.”

The public hearing is conducted by the Illinois Department of Public health pursuant to the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act. The hearing is open to the public and will afford an opportunity for parties with interest to present written or verbal comment relevant to the project. According to state officials, all allegations or assertions should be relevant to the need for the proposed project and be supported with two copies of documentation or materials that are printed or typed on standard letter-sized paper. For more information on the hearing, call (217) 782-3516 or (800) 547-0466 for the hearing impaired only.

Local government officials are also excited for the opportunity to showcase the project and its many positive impacts on the local economy.”We’re looking forward to it,”  said Huntley Mayor Chuck Sass. “Community residents have been very enthusiastic since plans were announced in mid-December.” He added, “Centegra has been a great organization to work with and always supportive of the health and wellness of our growing community.  Their campus is in an ideal location to serve Huntley and the surrounding communities of Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Lakewood and Southern Crystal Lake.” State Sen. Pamela Althoff offered her support as well. She said, “History shows how Centegra is always there for our community not only in healthcare emergencies but in wellness care and in its support of organizations such as the Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Heart Association, March of Dimes, Family Health Partnership Clinic, Turning Point, Home of the Sparrow, and the list goes on and on. A truly involved and forward-thinking health system committed to our community is once again stepping up to the plate to invest in our health. I strongly encourage you to support Centegra Health System, as its proposal is the right choice at the right time in the right location.”

Centegra submitted a Certificate of Need application to build a 360,000 square-foot, 128-bed facility named Centegra Hospital-Huntley. Centegra purchased the land in Huntley four years ago and has created a long-term plan for responsible development of the  site.”Additional services are needed in the southern McHenry and northern Kane County area and Centegra is the health system best-suited to provide these services,”  Eesley said. “Although we brought outpatient and physician services to southern McHenry County, the area remains medically underserved. In fact, state data shows that because of population growth, this region is one of the few areas in Illinois that is in need of inpatient beds.” Eesley also added that the proposed hospital is less than five miles away from Del Webb’s Sun City Huntley. “The retirement community has between 5,400 and 6,000 homes and will support the growing resident population by offering full-service healthcare close to home for a portion of the population that could greatly benefit from it,”  he said.

In addition to needed healthcare services, the project would deliver new jobs and revenue to McHenry County. It is estimated that more than 800 construction jobs will be created with this project, having a total economic impact of $152 million on area communities. An additional $45 million would be generated in professional salaries and medical equipment and furnishings. Centegra Health System expects to employ an additional 1,100 Associates due to the new hospital.”As the largest healthcare provider in McHenry County, it is our responsibility to always look for ways to improve the care we provide to those who rely on us,”  Eesley said. “We are invested in this region and we are excited to play an active role in its growth in the years to come.”

For more information on the new Centegra Hospital-Huntley and to view architectural renderings, visit centegrahospitalhuntley.org.Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Primary Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and more. As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information on Centegra Health System visit Facebook, or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).