O’FALLON, Ill. (AP) – A Springfield-based health care organization has bought land in O’Fallon for development of a new medical center.

The Belleville News Democrat reports that Hospital Sisters Health Services paid $18 million for the land on Tuesday. That’s a day after the O’Fallon City Council created a 106-acre tax-increment financing district for the area.

Hospital Sisters is the Roman Catholic health care mission that owns and operates St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. The O’Fallon hospital would have 144 beds and cost about $300 million.

Specific plans for the new hospital haven’t been announced, and the project still needs approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Service Review Board.

Hospital President and CEO Maryanne Reese has said the hospital plans to eventually transfer all of its inpatient care from Belleville to O’Fallon.

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