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Published on April 01, 2009

Modernization Project Gets State Approval

Last month, the state of Illinois' Health Facilities Planning Board unanimously approved Palos Community Hospital's plan to modernize.

"We're very excited to bring this project to our community," said Timothy Brosnan, vice president for Planning and Community Relations at PCH. "It promises to set a new standard for the delivery of health care services in the southwest suburbs and allows Palos Community Hospital to continue providing the quality of care that people have come to expect from us."

The project is set to begin in early 2010. When complete, the hospital will offer patients all private rooms; new surgical and intensive care suites; a convenient and fully integrated outpatient testing facility; expanded emergency services; and significant enhancements to such support services as laboratory, pharmacy and radiology.

"Our goal is to build facilities that will support patient privacy, safety and comfort; provide for ongoing technology adaptation; and improve hospital efficiencies," Brosnan said. "We remain committed to offering the most advanced health care services available in the southwest suburbs."

The overall project is to be completed in two phases, which will begin with the construction of a 400,000-square-foot addition that will nearly double the size of the existing hospital. In addition to new private patient rooms, and surgical and intensive care units, the new construction will feature an innovative high-tech Center for Short Stay Care. In the second phase, approximately 185,000 square feet of vacated space in the original hospital will be remodeled, including the conversion of existing rooms from semi-private to private and the expansion of emergency, imaging, pharmacy and laboratory services.

Completion of the project's first phase is expected in 2013. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by 2018.