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Centegra lays out the changes, details of Huntley hospital plan

Updated: March 22, 2013 10:28AM

HUNTLEY — About twenty people turned out on a bitter cold night Tuesday to hear plans for the Centegra Hospital Huntley to be built on the Centegra Health Bridge campus at the corner of Haligus and Reed roads.

The project is scheduled to break ground this fall.

Hospital representatives Susan Milford, a senior vice president of Centegra, and Hadley Streng, director of planning and business development, laid out the plans for the hospital and made note of the public comments offered by the residents.

This was the second of three identical neighborhood feedback sessions planned by the hospital. Centegra is detailing changes from the original plan for the campus, which had the hospital north of the immediate care center.

The current plan places the hospital between the Immediate Care Center and the Health Bridge, and includes the construction of an additional medical office building on the site. All four buildings will be interconnected to allow patients and visitors to move from one to another without going outside.

The final feedback session is set for 6:30 p.m. March 6 at the village hall.

The $233 million hospital project consists of a 360,000-square-foot, Level II trauma center with 128 private patient rooms, a dedicated women’s center, and permanent employment for 1,100 people. Plans include a helipad on site for transporting critical-need patients, a full-service emergency department, a Level II nursery and a non-invasive cardiology unit.

Residents at the meeting expressed concerns about light and noise pollution coming from the facility, and asked about the hospital’s plans to use berms and vegetative screening to reduce the impact on neighboring homes and subdivisions.

Village Manager David Johnson told residents that the village has discussed landscaping requirements with the hospital representatives.

“In our conversations with the Centegra team, landscaping has been discussed at length,” Johnson said.

Other residents were concerned about the impact of increased traffic on Reed and Haligus roads.

Milford said a traffic study is under way and noted that the process of electronically counting cars and videotaping traffic patterns already has begun. She said any reconfiguring of intersections or additional access roads will be proposed based on traffic study findings and the consent of governing authorities for the impacted roads.

At least one resident was interested in finding out how to apply for one of the 1,100 jobs that will be created when the hospital opens.

“We will have an open hiring process. We will probably do some of the interviewing on-site,” Milford said.

Joe and Helen Rinaldi are Lake in the Hills residents but live adjacent to the Centegra Huntley campus.

“We are excited about it,” Joe Rinaldi said. “We are glad they moved the hospital to a more central location (on the property). It is less problematic being close to the homes.”

Sanjiv Patel is a Cary resident but owns a business in Huntley and plans to move to town in the near future.

“It is great,” Patel said. “This will help the community a lot. I am planning to move here, so (it will be) five minutes from my house to the hospital.”

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