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‘It’s full steam ahead’ for Edgerton hospital

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NEIL W. JOHNSON
April 9, 2010
— Funding has come through for a planned new hospital in Edgerton.

Edgerton Hospital and Health Services announced Thursday hospital officials have signed federal Housing and Urban Development loan documents that will put in place financing to start construction of the $26 million healthcare facility.


Hospital board Vice Chairperson Mari Anne Warren on Thursday told the Gazette she hardly believes plans for the hospital are moving forward.


“It’s amazing. I’ve wanted to step back and pinch myself all day. We’ve waited so long. We’ve worked on this for so long,” she said.


Warren and other hospital officials were at HUD’s Chicago office Wednesday closing on the loan—a Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance loan the hospital had secured in December 2009.


Warren said HUD officials announced Thursday morning the loan had been finalized.


Construction at the hospital’s future site—70 acres of former farmland along Highway 59 east of Edgerton—is slated to start next week.


“At 6 a.m. on Monday morning … heavy equipment will be moving out there, and it’s full steam ahead,” hospital CEO Jim Pernau said Thursday in an announcement to the board and hospital staff.


Officials expect the hospital will be completed in fall 2011. It will offer inpatient and outpatient services, diagnostic and emergency care, as well as urgent care and rehabilitation, officials said.


A new hospital in Edgerton has been in the works since April 2005, when hospital officials first announced they’d build a new facility to replace the current hospital at 313 Stoughton Road.


Parts of the current hospital are more than 80 years old. That’s held Edgerton Hospital back, Warren said.


“The quality of our care is unquestioned. Unfortunately, we give care in an old facility. And in and old building, the perception is that the care isn’t good. So, just the idea that we have a new building will mean something to people,” she said.


Original plans said the new hospital’s campus would include a 56,000-square-foot, 26-bed hospital with a separate medical office.


Officials on Thursday said some architectural plans for the hospital have changed. New renderings that reflect plan changes will be unveiled at a groundbreaking ceremony at 1:30 p.m. May 3, officials said.


“We're going to have one heck of a very nice facility when it’s all said and done,” Pernau said.



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