Belleville files suit to stop St. Elizabeth’s move to O’Fallon IL

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A lawsuit filed by the city of Belleville won’t stop the groundbreaking planned for the new St. Elizabeth’s Hospital planned for Friday in O’Fallon, Illinois. The city filed suit to try and overturn the state’s approval to move the hospital out Belleville.

St. Elizabeth’s issued a statement, saying they’re disappointed the city is unwilling to accept the unanimous decision of the review board.

The mayor won’t comment on pending litigation.

St. Elizabeth’s Statement:

“HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital obtained a permit from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to build a replacement hospital and ambulatory care center.  The permit was approved April 21 on an 8-0 vote by Review Board members after a nearly ninth month process involving thousands of pages of documents supporting the need for this project.

St. Elizabeth’s has received the required regulatory authority to proceed with the project and is taking the appropriate steps to ensure its new, state-of-the art medical center is built on time and on budget.

We are disappointed the City of Belleville is unwilling to accept the unanimous decision of the Review Board to approve our project.  We have only recently been served with the City’s complaint, and are in the process of reviewing it.”