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Planning in Huntley for Centegra's $233 million hospital enters final stretch

Published: Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 6:36 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 11:51 p.m. CDT

HUNTLEY – Centegra Health System officials soon will present final designs for the proposed $233 million Huntley hospital and then quickly turn their attention to breaking ground on the project in late October.

Centegra has planned a groundbreaking event for Oct. 23 at Centegra's Huntley health campus between Reed and Haligus roads, the location of the future full-service hospital, according to Centegra's website.

The event comes after the Huntley Village Board supported the health care provider's preliminary designs of the five-story, 128-bed hospital during a committee meeting Thursday.

Village officials will continue to work with Centegra on developing final designs of the hospital. The final plans likely will come before the board in September, Village Manager Dave Johnson said.

"Our expectation is that they will be back with final plans in September," Johnson said. "For a project of this size, we have had regular communication with them. I would expect that to continue through final approval."

Centegra's preliminary designs presented to the board Thursday were relatively unchanged from the designs the Huntley Plan Commission endorsed in late July. The proposed hospital will feature 100 medical surgical beds, an eight-bed intensive care unit, a full-service emergency department, a helipad and an adjacent medical office building.

If construction runs on time, the Huntley hospital should be ready to serve patients by 2016. The construction timetable also could be dependent on the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board and its expected response to a recent court order.

A Will County judge ordered the state board in July to explain the rationale behind its change of heart on the Huntley project, which drew a lawsuit from Centegra's regional competitors Sherman Health, Advocate Health System and Mercy Health System.

The state board twice rejected the Huntley proposal before approving it without explanation last summer. Centegra officials have been unfazed by the court order, arguing the state board's response will not delay Centegra's groundbreaking plans.

Centegra has two celebratory events planned for its Oct. 23 groundbreaking, including a $10,000 treasure hunt and an art scholarship competition for students in McHenry and Kane counties.

More details on the groundbreaking are expected to be released in late September, according to Centegra's website.

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