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St. Elizabeth's Hospital Files Certificate of Need Applications

Belleville, IL – St. Elizabeth’s is pleased to announce that it has filed Certificate of Need (CON) applications with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board (HFSRB). The Review Board today posted St. Elizabeth’s replacement hospital application and its ambulatory care center application on its website (http://www.hfsrb.illinois.gov/CompApps.htm). The 493-page replacement hospital document provides details about St. Elizabeth’s plans to build a new, state-of-the-art hospital along Interstate 64 and Green Mount Road in St. Clair County. In June,
St. Elizabeth’s and HSHS officials outlined plans to deliver health care services at both the new location along I-64 and at its existing campus.

In its CON application, St. Elizabeth’s identified how the proposed project will meet the health care needs of residents in St. Clair County and the Metro East region. St. Elizabeth’s will establish a modern hospital on a 114-acre campus with an ambulatory care building that anticipates the continued trend toward outpatient care. The replacement hospital will provide convenient access for all area residents, including those living in underserved neighborhoods. The new medical campus will enhance St. Elizabeth’s ability to continue to partner with local providers and other agencies to improve all factors that contribute to the health and wellness of area residents and to develop an integrated care delivery model in the region.

The CON application contains more than 30 letters of support representing local governments, businesses, labor unions, religious groups, social service agencies, hospitals, physicians and patients.

“Our proposed replacement hospital will be more centrally located for the entire Metro East region that St. Elizabeth’s serves, and will be more readily accessible to underserved patients than the hospital’s current campus,” said Maryann Reese, President and CEO, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “Our proposal will also allow us to continue to provide a range of outpatient services and maintain various support functions at our Belleville campus.”

St. Elizabeth’s replacement hospital will continue to be a teaching hospital and will include 144 private patient rooms, an emergency department, state-of-the-art operating rooms, an advanced intensive care unit, and inpatient rehabilitation. St. Elizabeth’s plans to offer a wide array of inpatient and outpatient services at the new facility, including cancer care, modern birthing suites, telehealth consultations featuring accredited stroke care, and award-winning heart care.

The CON application provides details about why building a new hospital is necessary to replace the 60-year-old inpatient tower on St. Elizabeth’s current campus, and the alternatives considered to replacing the Hospital on a new site.

The HFSRB is expected to consider the applications within the next 60 to 120 days.


About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System is a Roman Catholic health care mission founded to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care framed in traditional values taught by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. It is dedicated to serving all people, including the poor and the needy, at each of its 13 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Litchfield, Springfield and Streator) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.

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