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Village Approves Advocate Christ Expansion

Medical center officials reveal parking garage will be six levels.

The Oak Lawn Village Board gave its blessing to Advocate Christ Medical Center to proceed with its plans to start building a new ambulatory center on the southwest portion of its medical campus.

Village Manager Larry Deetjen lauded the project as a 50-year milestone, saying it was the largest construction project in terms of value and size. The total price tag for the medical center’s expansion is $200 million.

Trustees passed several ordinances and variations for special use, parking and building height at Tuesday’s village board meeting.

Advocate Christ officials also revealed Tuesday that the parking garage would be six levels.

“I’ve gotten residents’ concerns—and rightly so—about how much of a view or sun is going to be knocked out of a person’s house,” Trustee Alex Olejniczak (Dist. 2) said.

“I’m sure we can work that out. I would hope there would be some issues about setbacks,” Olejniczak added.

Trustee Tom Duhig (Dist. 4), whose district encompasses the medical center, said there were still some traffic issues to be worked out by the traffic review commission.

The village has petitioned for a traffic light at 95th Street and Kilbourn from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Some side streets around the medical center will be changed to one-way streets, Duhig said.

Advocate Christ has held and said it would hold monthly meetings with residents for the duration of construction. The medical center also has set up a hotline number for residents to call to report quality of life concerns during construction at 708-684-6397

Mayor Dave Heilmann called it “a nice gesture.”

“Hopefully we can capitalize on your development and find other ways to make things fit,” Heilmann said.

Advocate Christ still needs to obtain approval for the new ambulatory center from Advocate’s corporate board in Oak Brook.

Don Walker May 26, 2011 at 03:35 PM
How in the world can Advocate afford such a project when Welfare recipients and Medicare patients are getting so much care at such ridiculously low reimbursement rates?? Or could it be smoke and mirror tricks that are deceiving the public regarding finances?
webdiva August 15, 2011 at 01:17 AM
Two sources that I can think of: charitable contributions (don't underrate that) and money from Advocate Health Care corporate. Instead of sniping about this, you should be grateful that Advocate has four hospitals out of the nine in the metro trauma network. Have you any clue whatsoever as to what it costs to operate a Level I trauma unit?? I do, because I've been covering health care and health policy for 20+ years in the business press, and the cost is incredible for just one hospital. For four, it's outrageous. But necessary. Be happy that Advocate has that great a level of commitment -- one that University of Chicago, for example, declines to make, thereby leaving the entire South Side and a good portion of the South suburbs without any other trauma coverage but at Advocate Christ. As it is, Christ is often on bypass because its trauma unit is full -- and it operates in a physical space about one-third the size of what it really needs. Don't get me started about how ignorant you and my neighbors here in Oak Lawn are about what it costs to provide this necessary service to us. Instead, you should be poking U of C and demanding to know why *that* hospital doesn't do its fair share of taking trauma cases. Then you should ask the Republicans why we can't have national health insurance (the answer, of course, is that the GOP believes that health care is a privilege for the rich, not a right ... but that's a whole other conversation). -- webdiva

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