Hospital wars continue in McHenry County.
Wisconsin-based Mercy Health System lobed rhetoric at Centegra in the Woodstock Independent, the dominant health care provider in McHenry County after Centegra filed suit to stop a state-approved 13-bed Mercy hospital in Crystal Lake.
Concurrently, Centegra was announcing a $20 million deficit resulting from not having enough patients in its new Huntley Hospital and the closing of its Woodstock in-patient care.
Ironically, both Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital and Sherman Hospital (before Advocate bailed it out through absorption) argued before state authorities that the Huntley hospital should not be given permission for construction because there would not be enough patients for all three hospitals.
That was after the successful opposition by Centegra and Advocate to a big Mercy hospital in Crystal Lake, which was led locally by Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley, a Centegra executive.
Ending Woodstock in-patient care, plus Centegra and Advocate Health Care Systems’ opposition to Mercy’s seeking approval to build the small facility at the same location at the intersection of Three Oaks Road and Route 31 across from the Holiday Inn led to the Woodstock Independent’s story on Mercy Vice Presidents’ criticism of Centegra.
Residents from the northwestern part of McHenry County have express disappointment Centegra is abandoning them and forcing them to go to Rockford, McHenry or Huntley for hospital care.
Mercy has a small hospital in Harvard, which has closed its obstetrics department. That hospital used to be a property tax-supported facility.
Paul Laudick ran NIMC admirably. The current chap ran it into the ground.
Interesting to compare salaries.
Laudick wouldn’t employ family.
The current boss gave a big job to his daughter.
McHenry County corruption would make any Central or South American country blush.
Perhaps the Centegra Huntley’s lack of patients can be explained by all the people leaving
Huntley/McHenry County for more tax friendly states.
Just make it into a “sanctuary hospital” – problem solved.
What Mchenry county needs is a 24 hour Immediate care, my health insurance plan costs are so much less if I visit a immediate care vs a ER.
Now that all of the immediate cares are 8-9 you are forced to go to the ER, with two small children I a am forced to make decisions on should we take them or not, we always air on the side of caution and take them but are hit with exorbitant ER hospital bills.
Err, Chris. Not air.
Welcome to the Third World!
It is hard for me to believe that Centegra is up in arms over a 13-bed Mercy hospital in Crystal Lake.
Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley, a Centegra executive, should be embarrassed to represent a fascist enterprise.
I can only hope Mayor Shepley exercise restrain while he administrates the City.
Centegra has been very good to Shepley.
Thanks for your coverage.
Just a quick correction that Merchealth is now Illinois based with their headquarters in Rockford, IL at the Perryville location. Thanks
CAN YOU SAY. SELF- INTEREST, UNFAIR. MAYOR OF C. L.
C. L. BE KIND.
YOUR UNKIND . TO MERCY HOSPITAL.
WORST MAYOR EVER.
SHEPLEY. HIS PATTERN TO RECUSE. RUSE.
TO VOTE FOR A HOSPITAL WAS WRONG.
A MISTAKE OF INEPT MEMBERS OF COUNCIL. HEY.
ITS KNOWN AS CRYSTAL LAKE. WALKUP.
NO. WALK OUT WALK AWAY FROM OUR TOWNSPEOPLE.
HOW ABOUT THE LUMMOX. , OAF. GARY M. ASKED. M
GONNA PLANT SOME. TREES SOON??
CITY OF CRYSTAL LAKE. DID’NT OFFER A MUSTARD SEED.