Tuesday, June 23, 2015

City Approves Hospital Financing Deal

Pekin Hospital and the City of Pekin are collaborating on a project to build a new $12 million medical office building for ProHealth Primary Care Services.

The project was unanimously approved by the Pekin City Council at their June 22nd  meeting. The new three-story facility will  include multiple providers in Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

“This is an exciting project for Pekin Hospital, the City of Pekin and the entire community,” said Bob Haley, Chief Executive Officer of Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems. “The proposed medical facility will allow us to improve efficiency and better address the growing health care needs of the people we serve.”

The new 52,000-square-foot building would house approximately 20 providers, with capacity for 20 more. Basic lab and digital x-ray services would be included in the new facility.  

“This is a great example of local government and business partnering together to help the community,” said Mayor John McCabe. “The project will create new jobs and improve access to health care. There could also be spin-off effects, such as more shopping in town, visits to restaurants and other local businesses, which could lead to even more development in the future."  

Preliminary planning will take approximately four to six months. That process will include finalizing a location for the new facility. Site preparation and construction could begin this fall.

“Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems have been key components in economic development, providing vital services to employers and employees,” said Leigh Ann Brown, Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator. “This medical office building project aligns with our continued focus on quality-of-life initiatives that help us recruit more businesses and families to the area.”

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