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Centegra shows preliminary hospital plans in Huntley

Artist's rendering proposed  CentegrHealth System hospital Huntley.

Artist's rendering of the proposed Centegra Health System hospital in Huntley.

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Updated: March 18, 2013 6:47AM

HUNTLEY — Village board and plan commission members heard an update on Centegra’s plans for the new hospital, and talked about the downtown revitalization project and the need to finalize updates to the comprehensive plan.

Centegra CEO Mike Eesley and others were on hand Thursday night to share the vision for the hospital campus. Village Manager David Johnson reminded the board that Centegra purchased the 112 acres on the northeast corner of Haligus and Algonquin roads and that the land was annexed into the village in July 2007.

In 2008, Centegra built a 60,000-square-foot ambulatory care mall with an immediate care center, and a 120,000-square-foot Health Bridge Fitness Center. In December 2010, Centegra submitted its application for a certificate of need for the hospital; the Illinois Health Facilities and Review Board initially denied the request in December 2011 but reversed itself and approved it after a rehearing in July 2012.

The hospital will be located between the two existing buildings, with Health Bridge being at the southern-most end of the property and the ambulatory care mall to the north and east. A fourth building — a four-story medical office complex — is planned, and Eesley said officials hope it will be open prior to the hospital’s completion. This building will enable the three medical facilities to be interconnected so patients and visitors can pass from one to another without going outside.

The hospital itself is proposed to be a five-story, 128-bed facility with an eight-bed intensive care unit. Plans include a full-service emergency department with a Level II trauma center, a dedicated women’s center and a helipad for transporting critical-need patients.

Eesley said the hospital is seeking an additional emergency access road off Algonquin Road as well as the main entrance points on Haligus Road that are already constructed.

Centegra did not present any new architectural drawings or elevations at this time.

Plans in works

The board and plan commission also were presented with a short recap of the village’s downtown revitalization plans, and were asked to consider the goals of the Development Services Department. The latter include the overall design of streetscape elements; reaching consensus for design elements including streets, sidewalks, and way-finding signage; and preparing engineering plans for the construction of elements in manageable pieces.

The identified areas for the streetscape improvements are along Route 47 on the west and along Main Street east to Myrtle Drive.

Charles Nordman, the village’s director of development services, said the village will need to identify specific design elements, including the number, type and location of park benches; and where to incorporate the use of brick pathways, crosswalks and other elements. Nordman said the staff has contacted a planning firm for a proposal on its services to help with the design.

Nordman said the staff will be working with the plan commission to insert recently updated land plans and transportation plans into the village’s formal comprehensive plan. Items such as the Centegra project, boundary agreements with other villages and transportation projects — including the potential for a train station at Coyne Station Road — are slated for addition.

“The plan commission started reviewing the document at their last meeting and will continue to review and amend the document chapter by chapter,” Nordman said. “When complete, the plan commission will forward the document to the village board for final review and approval.”

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