A slow economy creates public policy considerations that support approval of at least one CON. Hospital construction projects will create good-paying jobs now and in the future, and greatly benefit the local economy. Furthermore, construction costs and interest rates are down and securing labor contracts and loans at today’s rates could save millions of dollars and reduce project costs.
6.Access to Care
A recent applicant was granted a CON even though the Board’s need data indicated the project was unnecessary. The applicant provided evidence that the project would improve access to care for underserved populations. Mercy or Centegra may find similar success if they can demonstrate that their hospital will enhance access to care.
Although Mercy and Centegra cannot justify all 100 M/S beds, several other factors support a decision for CON approval now. CON observers will have a great race to watch if the Board determines that McHenry County needs only one hospital. Only time will tell if Mercy or Centegra end up in the winner’s circle.
Joseph Hylak-Reinholtz is an Attorney, McGuireWoods LLP in Chicago. He formerly served as an ex-officio member on the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board and can be reached at email@example.com.