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Belleville authorizes appeal to block St. Elizabeth’s move to O’Fallon

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI)- The City of Belleville might be taking its fight to court to try and keep St. Elizabeth`s Hospital from moving to O`Fallon, Illinois. The 300 plus bed facility would close if the hospital moves to O`Fallon. Belleville city leaders are trying to do all they can to stop that move from happening.

The Belleville News Democrat reports that last night the Belleville City Council unanimously approved authorizing Mayor Mark Eckert to have the city attorney file to have an administrative review take place in circuit court. That process would review the ruling of a state board which approved St. Elizabeth`s plans to build a new hospital in O`Fallon, Illinois.

Last month, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted eight to nothing to allow St. Elizabeth`s to build a new 144 bed hospital off of Interstate 64 on North Green Mount Road in O`Fallon. The new hospital would cost $253 million.

Eckert told the BND that the appeal would be filed soon unless the city attorney here finds a reason not to move forward with it.

Opponents to the move say it would make it more difficult for low income people to get the health care they need.

Supporters say the new location will serve a wider range of people.





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