Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pekin Hospital and the City of Pekin Plan $12 Million Medical Office Building

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.”

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