CRYSTAL LAKE – Mercyhealth officials will debut design plans Wednesday night for the health group’s new, small hospital in Crystal Lake.
The Crystal Lake Planning and Zoning Commission is first to hear requests at the city level after the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board greenlighted a new hospital in the city in June.
The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 100 W. Woodstock St.
After 14 years, Mercyhealth was successful in receiving a certificate of need from the state board. The organization is requesting approval of a preliminary planned unit development and special use permit to allow the hospital, related medical offices and helipad to be built at 875 Route 31, which is at the corner of Three Oaks Road and Route 31.
The June victory for Mercyhealth was the group’s third attempt since 2003 to build a hospital at the location. Plans include a 13-bed hospital and an $18.8 million medical office building.
The 111,346-square-foot proposed hospital would house 11 medical-surgical bed, two intensive-care beds, a comprehensive emergency room, two operating rooms, full-service radiology imaging, a laboratory and a pharmacy.
The 39,922-square-foot office building, which would be connected to the hospital, will have 42 examination rooms.
By granting the certificate of need, the state board indicates that it believes the size and scope of the proposed facility will not affect other area providers.
Competitors Advocate Health Care and Centegra Health System – which opened Centegra Hospital – Huntley in August 2016 – both opposed Mercyhealth’s plan during public meetings, and they insisted no benefit would come from opening another hospital.
In August 2017, Centegra Health System officials asked a judge to toss out the state board's decision to grant a permit for Mercyhealth’s hospital.
The city of Crystal Lake’s engineering firm is conducting a traffic study to evaluate access points to the site and surrounding off-site intersections. The results will be provided at a public hearing Jan. 3, according to city documents.
The petitioner, Mercyhealth, is subject to the recommendations of the traffic study and would need to pay for the required road improvements.
According to city documents, however, the current hospital design does not meet the city’s design criteria. The project meets five of the 10 criteria – six of 10 are required to be considered meeting the standards.
The present proposal does not meet standards for building entrance design and fenestration, while three other categories are listed as not applicable.