Thursday, May 9, 2013
On average, Centegra hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock bills Medicare less than the U.S. average, while Sherman Hospital in Elgin bills one to two times more than the U.S. average for treatments.
While Centegra Hospital in Woodstock on average bills Medicare $36,379 for a major joint replacement, nearby Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital bills $44,897 for the same procedure, according to a federal database released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Both Centegra hospitals in Woodstock and McHenry bills Medicare on average less than the U.S. average, according to a database compiled by New York Times, which is searchable by ZIP code or state. But Sherman Hospital in Elgin and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington bills one to two times more than the U.S. average for treatments. For the first time people can see in detail how much the vast majority of American hospitals charged for the top 100 most …
Friday, April 5, 2013
The expansion would cost $247 million, according to the Northwest Herald.
Friday, April 5
Advocate Health officials are planning upgrades to its 34-year-old Advocate Good Shepherd Good Hospital, according to the Northwest Herald. The $247 million expansion would need to be approved by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board and would include more private rooms, hospital beds and upgrades to medical departments, according to the article. The announcement comes at a time when Centegra Health System is moving forward with plans for a new five-story, 128-bed hospital at the Centegra Health Bridge campus on Haligus and Algonquin Road. The hospital hopes to start construction in October, according to Huntley Patch. The approximately 375,000 square feet hospital will include 100 medical surgical beds, an eight‐bed …
Monday, February 27, 2012
Presentations focus on back pain, epilepsy, kidney conditions and more.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Centegra Health System will host several free wellness lectures in March. Community members are welcome to hear physicians speak about neck pain, back pain, epilepsy and kidney conditions. Space is limited and light refreshments will be served during the lectures. Register by calling 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347). “Is Your Crick More than a Pain?” Most people have had a crick in their neck or back at some point in their life. Join Dr. Carl Graf and Dr. Babak Lami, independent spinal orthopedic surgeons on the medical staff at Centegra Health System, as they discuss the causes of neck and back pain and the treatment options available to help alleviate the pain. “Is Your Crick More than a Pain?” will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Plans to build health-care facilities in Crystal Lake, Huntley are on hold for now.
In the second time in recent months, the Illinois Health Facilities and Service Review Board denied proposals that would move forward plans for a new hospital in the area. Supporters and representatives of the proposed Mercy Health Care Hospital in Crystal Lake and Centegra Hospital in Huntley appeared today for a hearing in Bolingbrook before the state's review board. In a 6-2 vote, the state board denied Mercy’s plans to build a 70-bed acute-care facility in Crystal Lake. The health-care provider had scaled down its original proposal from a 128-bed hospital after the board denied its previous plan in June. And although Centegra’s proposal fared slightly better, with the board voting 4-4, a tie meant a loss for the healthcare group. …
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tuesday's hearing before the state's Health Facilities and Services Review Board in Joliet made one thing clear — both hospitals will try again to gain approval for their plans.
Centegra CEO Michael Eesley was disappointed Tuesday evening, but he also held out some optimism that Centegra would someday be able to build hospital in Huntley. The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board issued an intent to deny, with a vote 8-1, against Centegra’s Certificate of Need application to build a 128-bed hospital on Haligus and Algonquin Roads. Centegra would invest $233 million in the project. Centegra will reevaluate its CON application and address the concerns the board raised, specifically whether there is a real need for the number of beds included in the plan, said Susan Milford, Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing & Planning and Wellness Services. Milford said Centegra could ask the review board …
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board met Tuesday in Joliet.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
An economics expert Mercy Health System consulted with for its Certificate of Need application says competition is good and can lower consumers’ health-care costs, according to testimony Tuesday. The expert put together a report showing health-care costs would drop by as much as 9 percent in McHenry County if Mercy were allowed to build its Crystal Lake hospital, according to testimony. Mercy Vice President Rich Gruber said Mercy would help provide competition to Centegra Health System, which has hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock. Centegra has what Gruber called a “monopoly” in McHenry County, where it provides about 95 percent of the hospital beds, he said. The result is that Centegra cannot offer competitive prices to consumers, Gruber …
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board met Tuesday to hear proposals for two McHenry County hospitals.
Advocate Trinity Hospital is about 60 miles from Crystal Lake, but the South Side Chicago hospital would not be able to provide charitable care if the state grants Mercy Health System permission to build a new hospital, critics said. Advocate Trinity is part of the Advocate Health System, which also operates Good Shepherd hospital in Barrington. Michelle Gaskill, vice president of nursing and clinical services at Trinity, told the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board on Tuesday that Advocate lost $31 million between 2006 and 2010 in charity work but continues to support Trinity, Gaskill said. Area hospitals, including Advocate, would lose $144 million in revenues used, in part, to pay for what is termed as the “safety net” …
An estimated 250 people packed a conference room in Joliet on Tuesday morning for the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board meeting.
Standing in the crowd, Michelle Green described herself as “just a mom” but she felt it was important to travel from her Crystal Lake home to Joliet to support Centegra Health System’s proposed Huntley Hospital. “I know how important it is for community members to support this,” said Green, who has worked in the hospital field in the past. She wore a green sticker to support Centegra. Green was among an estimated 250 people who packed a conference room at a Holiday Inn in Joliet on Tuesday morning for the Illinois Public Health Facilities and Services Review Board meeting to hear Centegra’s Certificate of Need application. Also attending were officials with Mercy Health System. It, too, seek to build a new hospital but in Crystal Lake. …
The State of Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board met Tuesday in Joliet.
Hearing set today, Patch will be covering the event live.
Centegra Health System executive Susan Milford thinks there could be three possible outcomes at today’s Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board meeting. The review board could approve Centegra’s Certificate of Need application for a 128-bed Huntley hospital. Or it could defer the decision until more information is provided. Or it could indicate its intent to deny the CON, Milford said. Milford is hoping for the first scenario but is preparing for anything. She said an intent to deny does not necessarily mean the issue is dead. Centegra could bring the issue up again at a later meeting. Mercy Health System is hoping its CON gains approval. The review board is meeting in a Holiday Inn in Joliet at 9:30am. Today’s agenda includes…