Public weighs in on decision to move Metro East hospital - KMOV.com

Public weighs in on decision to move Metro East hospital

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – The public got the chance to have their questions answered regarding the decision to move a Belleville hospital to O’Fallon, Illinois, at a hearing Thursday.

News 4 This Morning's Laura Hettiger spoke with one of people spearheading the move who said one of the main reasons they want to build a new hospital is I-64.

She says that major roadway will encourage people to get their healthcare needs in the Metro East instead of continuing west into St. Louis.

Earlier this year, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and Hospital Sisters Health System announced plans to build a new $300 million hospital in O’Fallon. Hospital officials said the new hospital will have fewer rooms than St. Elizabeth’s, but will focus more on outpatient and emergency care. The Belleville location will be used for radiology and lab work.

An official behind the move said the change will help to keep patients and good health care options in the Metro East. 

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