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Review Board staff OK's nearly all parts of Blessing Hospital's Moorman expansion plan

Review Board staff OK's nearly all parts of Blessing Hospital's Moorman expansion plan

2 months, 2 weeks ago by Scott Hardy

Full Board to meet over $49 million plan July 24

A staff review by an Illinois state Board of Blessing Health Care System's request to add two floors to the Moorman Pavilion shows that Blessing conforms with 14 of 16 standards used by the Board.

The review, released Tuesday by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, says that Blessing doesn't conform in terms of the number of surgical beds it's authorized to have at 85 per cent of use. In an opinion, the Review Board says that Blessing's "5-year historical average daily census does not justify the number of medical surgical beds currently authorized." It adds that Blessing's historical average would support 129 medical surgical beds at its' target occupancy of 85%, but not the 178 that's now authorized. The Review Board did say that Blessing would be able to support the 178 beds by 2022, and that Blessing would re-evaluate that authorization. The Review Board also said that it thought Blessing was over-spending on the project by nearly $11 million. Blessing gave the Review Board 10 reasons why they're spending over $34 million on construction costs, including uncertainties in the cost of steel before the project's bid.

The Board will meet on July 24th over the $49 million project, expected to be finished in 2021. The full review is available below.

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