Facilities board to re-vote on McHenry hospital plans

    The state board that regulates health care projects is expected later this month to reconsider its denial of competing proposals for new hospitals in McHenry County, reopening one of the board’s fiercely contested decisions.

    The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board is scheduled at its July 23-24 meeting to reconsider Centegra Health System’s plan for a $233 million hospital in northwest suburban Huntley and Mercy Health System’s application for a $200 million hospital about 10 miles away in Crystal Lake, said Frank Urso, general counsel for the board.

    The review follows an administrative law judge’s ruling that the board, which regulates health care construction to prevent duplication of services, did not follow its own rules in both cases.

    The new vote gives second chances to both projects.

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