Here’s a press release from Mercy Health System about its Crystal Lake proposal. So far, Centegra hasn’t sent any.
Local governments back Mercy Crystal Lake Hospital
McHenry County, Cary latest to back Mercy’s proposal
The McHenry County Board and the Village of Cary joined the growing list of supporters of Mercy Health System’s proposal for a new state-of-the-art hospital in Crystal Lake.
The McHenry County Board voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to approve a resolution commending Mercy Health System effort to build a hospital at Route 31 and Three Oaks Road.
Meanwhile, Cary’s Village Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to support Mercy’s initiative, noting that the project would bring sorely needed jobs and spur economic development to the surrounding villages.
“We’re honored to have broad-based support from throughout McHenry County,” said Mercy Health System Vice President Rich Gruber. “We’ve responded to the community’s desire for quality health care that is accessible and conveniently located for them. The backing of these elected officials is a clear sign that a new hospital is needed now.”
Mercy’s proposal is based on the area’s rapid population growth centered in Crystal Lake, necessitating the need for a new medical facility to meet the community’s current and future health care needs.
If approved by state regulators, the new $200 million, 128-bed acute-care facility, would break ground later this year and open in 2014. Approximately 800 construction-related jobs would be created beginning this year. The hospital would employ up to 850 full-time hospital jobs and approximately 200 part-time positions.
Last week, the City of Crystal Lake voted to support Mercy’s plan.