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Centegra to expand inpatient behavioral health, obstetrics services

Centegra Health System received approval Tuesday to relocate its inpatient behavioral health services from the specialty Woodstock hospital to the facility on Doty Road, a move the hospital says will help serve more patients and improve the quality of care.

All seven members of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted in favor of the project, which will move Centegra's inpatient behavioral health services from the 100-year-old Centegra Specialty Hospital-Woodstock to Centegra Hospital-Woodstock on Doty Road.

The board also approved a separate plan to centralize the hospital's obstetrics services to a newly remodeled childbirth center at Centegra Hospital-McHenry.

"Overall, it's an expansion and improvement of services," said Centegra Health System President and Chief Operating Officer Jason Sciarro. "We are excited about improving services on both fronts."

Centegra has seen additional community need for inpatient behavioral health care during the past few years, Sciarro said. The relocation of those services to the Doty Road location will allow Centegra to increase the number of staffed inpatient behavioral health beds from 24 to 34, allowing the hospital to serve more patients than ever.

Patients will also have access to additional medical care within the same facility, which will enhance patient satisfaction and safety, Sciarro said.

Centralizing all inpatient obstetrics care to the renovated Family Birth Center at Centegra Hospital-McHenry is expected to occur this summer.

"We've had mediocre volumes at two places," Sciarro said. "Being able to consolidate, we can improve services and expand services."

Construction of the inpatient behavioral health unit at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock is expected to begin in the summer and the service will relocate in early 2015.

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