Illinois board to consider 2 hospital closures at meeting - KMOV.com

Illinois board to consider 2 hospital closures at meeting

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois board is set to consider the possible closure of two hospitals that serve low-income patients in the Chicago area and in East St. Louis.

The state's Health Facilities and Services Review Board will meet Tuesday in Joliet. On the agenda are the proposed closures of Oak Forest Hospital in Cook County and Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital in East St. Louis.

Cook County's request to close Oak Forest Hospital is part of a money-saving plan to rebalance the county's health services. The county wants to turn the hospital into an out-patient care center.

Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital is operated by the nonprofit Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation and has lost $5 million a year since 2000. The foundation has been consolidating care at a nearby sister hospital for several years.

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