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State board approves Good Shepherd expansion

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 3:01 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2013 2:01 p.m. CST
Artist's rendering of Advocate Good Shepherd exterior from the north entrance in Barrington.

BOLINGBROOK– A state board gave Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital a green light to move forward with a $247 million expansion and modernization project.

The Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted 7-0 to approve a certificate of need for the project at a meeting Wednesday in Bolingbrook.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital plans to add hospital beds, build private rooms for patients and upgrade medical departments at its 34-year-old Barrington hospital.

“This is an exciting time for our community as we prepare Good Shepherd Hospital for a new generation of innovation in health care,” hospital President Karen Lambert said in a press release. “This modernization will improve the patient care experience by enhancing privacy, offering the most advanced technology and making it more convenient to access our inpatient and outpatient services.”

Construction could begin in the fall.

Plans call for erecting a building on the north side of the existing facility to house private patient rooms. Half of the hospital’s current rooms are dual-occupancy. 

Good Shepherd will increase its total bed count from 169 to 176, with seven additional beds in the Intensive Care Unit, according to a press release.

The project will modernize clinical services such as radiology, ambulatory care services, and cardiovascular and pulmonary testing. New, larger operating rooms will be equipped with the latest imaging equipment and cameras.

Much of the rest of the hospital also will get a makeover, including the administration center, visitors areas, lobby, simulation laboratory, chapel, and conference center.

The project is expected to be completed in 2017.

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