Blessing plans medical office building on Quincy's east side

Blessing Hospital's main campus at 11th and Broadway. The hospital has applied with state regulators to build a medical office building at the east end of Maine Street. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 6, 2018 6:45 pm Updated: Mar. 6, 2018 8:02 pm

QUINCY — Blessing Hospital has filed a certificate of need with state regulators to build a two-story multimillion-dollar medical office building on Quincy's east side.

The application for a nearly $41 million, 82,000-square-foot project on 7 acres that the hospital owns along the south side of Maine just east of 48th Street was filed last week with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.

“The space will allow Blessing to continue to recruit providers to the region as part of its commitment to create more convenient access to the types of care residents need,” Blessing spokesman Steve Felde said.

In its application, the hospital said it needs additional office building space to accommodate new physicians. Last year, the hospital said it recruited 28 physicians and plans to recruit as many in 2018-19.

Blessing said it engaged a third-party firm to complete a medical staff development plan, which called for the need to address shortages in the area.

“The plan calls for additional recruitment of physicians inclusive of primary care and specialist,” Blessing said in the application. “The current medical office buildings are out of space. The need for a new building to house physicians is the reason for the project.”

In addition to physician office space, Blessing's application says it will have space for lab and radiology, including CAT scan and MRI capabilities.

A physical therapy provider also plans to lease space, and the facility will have limited retail space for a coffee shop and medical supplies, the application said.

If approved, Felde said the medical office building could open in 2021.
In the application, Blessings said the building would be paid for with cash.

In a list of alternatives, Blessing said there are no vacant medical office buildings or appropriate buildings to lease and their current campus at 11th and Broadway is landlocked and would not accommodate additional growth.

“Blessing is running short of existing space to house the physicians the region needs,” Felde said. “After examining a number of options, Blessing determined building a medical office building at 48th and Maine is the best answer to meet the need.”

He said the facility would improve access to care on the east side of Quincy and the surrounding communities.

The project is tentatively scheduled to go before the Health Facilities and Services Review Board on June 5. Written comments for the project must be submitted to the board by May 16 either in person or by mail at 525 W. Jefferson St., Springfield, IL 62761.

The review board's staff report is scheduled to be posted online May 22.