The project was recently approved by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board and construction of the new 470,000-square foot hospital on the facility's current 170-acre campus will begin in October, according to a Chicago Tribune report. A 60,000-square foot medical office building, which plans to house about 60 doctors, will be connected to the hospital, the report stated.
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Officials hope to have their first patients by 2017, the report added.
According to the Tribune, officials said advancements that will come with the new hospital include:
- telemedicine technology, which allows doctors to improve patient treatment by accessing information between medical sites
- a teaching component
- private rooms
- common area
- hiking and biking trails linked to community trails