Monday, July 23, 2012
Huntley Centegra Before Review Board Again Tuesday
After Board votes failed to approve a certificate of need for Huntley Centegra, an HFSRB administrative law judge was supposed to rule on whether Centegra had actually met all the standards for building a new hospital. He sent the matter back to the Board again, though, on the basis that a pair of adverse studies from a Centegra competitor had been placed in the wrong files.
Board Counsel Frank Urso told FEN last week the state of affairs is literally unprecedented so there's no roadmap to follow. "I don't know what (the Board) want(s) to do," said Urso. "They've been provided the correct documents."
Centegra fought back from an initial eight-to-one turndown for its Huntley Hospital plan to a four-to-four tie vote with one member absent last year. A competing proposal for an identical Mercy Health System hospital in Crystal Lake also received an initial thumbs down and a downsized version was likewise rejected last year. Now Mercy's requesting reconsideration, too. Centegra's application is listed as "old business" at the start of Tuesday's session. Mercy's request is listed as "new business" at the end of the day.
Susan Milford, Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Planning & Wellness said Saturday she was confident the Board would, somehow, OK a Huntley Hospital. "We've proved the project meets the (HFSRB) guidelines, that people need a hospital and that Huntley is the right place for it," she said.
In the pic: A model of Centegra's proposed 128-bed hospital in Huntley.