Hopefully you have all heard the excellent news that our Crystal Lake, Illinois, hospital and multi-specialty physician clinic project is moving forward!
We are very thankful for this opportunity to extend the very best hospital and physician care to the Crystal Lake community. It has been a long and difficult journey. After attaining Certificate of Need (CON) approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Review Board in 2017, that decision was challenged and we entered into a long appeals process. However, on November 26, 2019, the Second District Appellate Court of Illinois unanimously overturned the district court decision and upheld our hospital and multi-specialty physician clinic CON in Crystal Lake.
With that, I am pleased to announce that we will begin construction at the intersection of Route 31 and Three Oaks Road in Crystal Lake in spring of 2020, and expect to complete the project in 2021. The nearly $100 million plan includes:
24/7 emergency services
Because Crystal Lake does not have an emergency department, the new hospital will include a 24/7 emergency room, offering access for immediate emergency care to those who have limited access to transportation, especially the Medicaid, charity care and elderly patients.
A 13-bed hospital will offer private inpatient and intensive care beds, operating rooms and ancillary services.
An integrated multi-specialty clinic
Our existing Mercyhealth Crystal Lake-area primary and specialty care physician practices (Crystal Lake South, East, OB/GYN, Chiropractic/Rehabilitation and Northwest Women’s Group) will be consolidated into one building. This will provide patients with enhanced care coordination and easy access to our physicians, lab, radiology and pharmacy services in one convenient place.
We are thankful for the Crystal Lake residents who supported our efforts to bring the very best care to the area. We are grateful to be part of the Crystal Lake community and look forward to continuing to care for area residents through our new facility and expanded services.