EAST ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Members from the Illinois State Board decided Tuesday to permanently close Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital, the only medical center left in East St. Louis.
Residents from the area say they are angry about the board’s decision and are worried that there will be limited options for health care.
Each year, Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital loses millions of dollars due to budget cuts and a greater number of uninsured patients, which is partially why the facility is shutting down.
It is predicted that it will take three to four months to completely close the facility.
An urgent care center will be built in Centreville once Kenneth Hall shuts its doors.
No official word has been released on what the Illinois State Board plans to do with the vacant medical center, but ideas for a multi-purpose facility have been proposed.