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Huntley gives go ahead to final hospital plans

Artist's drawing proposed 128-bed $233 milliCentegra-Huntley Hospital. | Submitted photo

Artist's drawing of the proposed 128-bed, $233 million Centegra-Huntley Hospital. | Submitted photo

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Updated: December 23, 2013 9:35AM

HUNTLEY — Centegra Hospital-Huntley is one step closer to breaking ground after gaining the village board’s approval for the final Planned Unit Development and final plat of subdivision.

The $233 million five-story, 128-bed hospital will be approximately 375,000 square feet on a 107-acre campus. The hospital will offer 100 medical/surgical beds, an 8-bed Intensive Care Unit, a level II trauma center, level II nursery center, a dedicated women’s center and a helipad.

The proposed medical office building and maintenance building and modification to the ambulatory care mall will be brought before the board on a separate PUD application early next year.

Aaron Shepley, Centegra’s senior vice president, said the additional buildings will be approved on a separate application but will likely be completed before the new hospital.

“We know we are working on a strategy on how to do the medical building. We will likely have that open before the hospital,” he said.

Village President Charles Sass showed his appreciation for the efforts of all parties in making the hospital a reality in Huntley.

“It’s finally here,” Sass said, before calling for a vote on the final plans.

After first being rejected in 2011 and then accepted by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board in July 2012, the hospital recently achieved a victory in court in a suit brought by Mercy Health and Advocate Health Care systems to try to stop the Huntley hospital from being built. Despite an appeal to that court decision being filed by Advocate and Mercy, Centegra officials are confident the hospital will become a reality.

“I feel confident. The status quo is in our favor. These legal proceedings are not going to deter our plans,” said Shepley, who was among the hospital officials in attendance at the Thursday night meeting.

Centegra CEO Michael Easley was pleased to have the board’s unanimous approval.

“We anticipate moving dirt this spring, or near spring. I am very excited about this,” he said.

New business

In other action, the village board approved a new business start-up at 11514 Smith Drive. The Workout Room, an indoor recreation facility, will cater to the needs of patrons aged 15 to 90 offering recreation space, an open gym, personal training sessions and group fitness sessions, owners said.

The proposed hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Petitioners Colleen and Tadas Bite said they expect no more than seven to 10 patrons at the facility at any one time. Maximum occupancy for the 1,941 square-foot facility is 19 people.

Colleen Bite said she wanted to start with a smaller facility.

“It will be a smaller facility, usually 7 to 10 people at a time. We want to offer regular hours now, but as we get bigger, we will use a keypad (entry system) and extend the hours,” she said.

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