OSF HealthCare has announced plans to invest more than $180m into Illinois Valley communities, with the construction of a new inpatient hospital in Ottawa, US.

This initiative is part of OSF HealthCare’s plan to transform and sustain healthcare services along the I-80 corridor.

The new facility will replace the existing OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, which was built in the early 1970s and is now facing infrastructure challenges.

To be named OSF Saint Elizabeth-Ottawa, the new hospital will be built on a vacant 31-acre plot of land owned by OSF in the south of East Norris Drive (Route 6).

The proposed facility will feature a 26-bed inpatient behavioural health unit, a surgery suite, 12 medical/surgical beds, emergency services, and diagnostic imaging, as well as comprehensive outpatient care services.

In addition, primary and speciality care clinics will continue to operate in Ottawa, offering services such as cardiovascular care, general surgery, and OB/GYN.

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OSF HealthCare proposes to submit a Certificate of Need (CON) application with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to proceed with the new hospital’s construction.

The application is anticipated to be submitted by the end of this month, with approval expected by the end of 2024.

OSF HealthCare expects the facility to be open for the public in late 2027.

The proposed construction of the new hospital is part of a multi-year plan for the integrated health system.

OSF also announced that Saint Elizabeth-Peru will serve as the hub hospital within the I-80 corridor, offering various inpatient and outpatient services.

This facility will have 45 medical/surgical beds, 11 obstetric rooms to support the regional birthing centre, and eight ICU rooms.

OSF HealthCare also provides a wide array of services to residents in surrounding communities, such as Mendota, Princeton, and Streator, among others.

OSF HealthCare Western Region CEO August Querciagrossa said: “Over the past decade, OSF HealthCare has sustained and grown quality health care services in and around Ottawa.

“When the new hospital is built, it will be reimagined as levels and types of services offered are realigned throughout the I-80 corridor. Our intent across all our I-80 communities is to ensure current and future generations have access to care locally.”

In December 2023, OSF HealthCare received approval from the state of Illinois for a $17.77m expansion of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.