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Review Board approves QMG hospital, birth center

Review Board approves QMG hospital, birth center

4 weeks, 1 day ago by Scott Hardy

Both to be built at Quincy Town Center

An Illinois review board has reversed itself, and granted Quincy Medical Group's request to build a small-format hospital, as well as a birth center.

That ruling Tuesday was made by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, on the two proposals that QMG wants to build at the Quincy Town Center. They include a 26-bed hospital near its' Cancer and Surgery Centers. The second project is a three-bed Birth Center adjacent to the Cancer and Surgery Centers. The $61 million hospital proposal had received an intent-to-deny ruling last year by the Review Board, and Board staff also recently wrote that the proposed hospital does not fulfill any un-met needs, and would result in an “unnecessary duplication of services”. In a statement released after the decision, QMG CEO Carol Brockmiller said she was pleased with the decision, saying "we are doing really good things for all the right reasons and trying hard to serve the people of Quincy, Adams County, West Central Illinois and the Tri-States". Meanwhile, officials at Blessing Health System said in a statement that they were "deeply disappointed in the Board's decision", and that in the wake of the decision, they were "viewing all their options". Blessing had objected to both proposals, and have even rescinded a transfer agreement with QMG for the Birth Center over its’ concerns about QMG’s owners, Duly Health and Care of suburban Chicago, and their links to private equity backers.

QMG has since signed similar agreements with Hannibal Regional Healthcare and Memorial Hospital in Carthage.

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