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OSF taking over St. Mary’s in Streator

Posted by wlpo on September 8, 2015

Calling it bittersweet and saying the only constant in life is change, Streator Mayor Jimmie Lansford says St. Mary’s Hospital isn’t the first rural hospital to close and won’t be the last.

Plans were announced Tuesday morning for OSF to build a 30,000 square foot, outpatient center in Streator that will include things like imaging, lab work, rehabilitation, specialty clinics, and either 24/7 Urgent Care or an emergency room. Currently ER’s aren’t allowed by state law at outpatient clinics so that would need legislative approval. City officials along with administrators with OSF and HSHS all said that healthcare is changing so much so that Streator City Manager Scot Wrighton small rural hospitals will be soon be relics.

The official OSF takeover is expected to happen early next year. The current St. Mary’s building will be used for outpatient services until the new clinic is built within the next couple of years. There are no concrete plans yet of what to do with the St. Mary’s building.

So far there’s no site picked out for the new clinic. St. Mary’s outpatient employees will be transitioned to the new clinic while inpatient employees may be offered jobs at other OSF or HSHS hospitals and clinics.

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