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 proposal will be
included as an agenda item for the June 22nd City Council meeting.
If approved, the new three-story facility would 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 would allow us to improve efficiency and better
address the growing health care needs of the people we serve.”
The proposed 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 proposed project would 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."
If the project is approved,
preliminary planning would take approximately four to six months. That process
would include finalizing a location for the new facility. Hospital and City
officials believe construction could begin by the fall of 2015.
“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. “The proposed 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.”