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Blessing to seek approval for Surgery Center this September

Blessing to seek approval for Surgery Center this September

2 months, 1 week ago by Scott Hardy

IHFSRB tentatively set to met September 17 over request

A state review board says it tentatively plans to take up a request this September by Blessing Health System to build a new $21 million surgery center on its' main campus. 

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has listed a September 17th meeting date for the project to be heard. Blessing announced plans for the two-story Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center, or ASTC on Wednesday. In its' application, filed June 28th, Blessing says it needs to build the new 35,000 square foot center because the current Surgery Center on Hampshire will "compromise Blessing's ability to compete and generate revenue to provide safety net services." They add that opening its' own Surgery Center would "create a level playing field for competing in the ASTC market in Quincy".

Blessing estimates that it will save $1.4 million a year in operating costs with its' own Surgery Center. They currently lease the space from Quincy Medical Group, who is in the process of building its' own Surgery Center in the former Bergner's building in the Quincy Mall. Blessing also says that the new Surgery Center will improve access to care. Documents show that Blessing plans to pay for the new facility through cash on hand, and offering $10 million in bonds.

Blessing says it plans to move all its' staff from the Hampshire facility to the new Surgery Center, which it estimates will be open by the end of January, 2022.

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