Illinois board fails to approve Beloit Health System's plan
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois—The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board failed Tuesday to approve Beloit Health System's request to build an ambulatory surgical treatment center at its NorthPointe campus in Roscoe.
The board voted 4-4. The project requires five “yes” votes to move forward.
Only eight of nine board members were at Tuesday's meeting. Therefore, the board will issue an “intent to deny” the project, making it possible for the Beloit system to resubmit it.
“We are encouraged that four of the review board members are in favor of our project as they believe it is good for our community and will improve access to care for all patients who reside in our state line region,” Jason Dotson, system vice president, said in a news release.
Beloit officials said they would evaluate the board's response and possibly make modifications to their proposal.
Health care providers in Rockford cited excess surgical care capacity in the area in opposing the project.
“We will continue to look for ways to bring a higher level of care to the residents of this area and pursue the surgical center option in the future,” said Tim McKevett, president and CEO of Beloit Health System. “We have researched this facility and know that it is the least costly way for us to shift some of our surgical patients to Roscoe while leaving hospital operating rooms for more complicated surgeries.”
Built in 2007, NorthPointe sits on 122 acres near the intersection of Rockton and Willowbrook roads. Its clinic provides primary and specialized care with more than 30 physicians.