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JOLIET, IL. (KMOX) – Belleville Memorial Hospital has received permission to build a second facility in Shiloh, Illinois.

“The project was approved with the assurances that the Belleville (Memorial) hospital will not close” said Administrator Cortney Avery with the Health Facilities and Services Review Board meeting in Joliet, Illinois.

And its stipulated that not only will Memorial Hospital remain open at its Belleville location,  but continue operating at the current rate of funding, said Avery. 

There had been concerns over Memorial’s ability to maintain the required occupancy rate at the added facility and provide enough obstetrics and gynecology beds. 

Memorial’s second hospital will cost around 118 million dollars and be located at Frank Scott Parkway East and Cross Street.

Meanwhile, another hospital in the Metro East wants to expand.   

 St. Elizabeth’s in downtown Belleville, has agreed to purchase 105 acre-site in OFallon, Illinois.  But KMOX is told that purchase is contingent upon reaching a TIF and development agreement with the city. 

OFallon City manager Walter Denton says Tax Increment Financing has been proposed because the property sits on coal mine shafts.  

Denton says they’ll be working with the owner, Hospital Sister Health System to determine infrastructure needs and how much remediation of the site will cost. 

Resolutions  are expected to go before the OFallon City Council next week but Denton says establishing a TIF could take six months.

 St. Elizabeth’s was one of the few who wrote letters objecting to Memorial Hospital’s plans to build a new facility in Shiloh. 

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