BOLINGBROOK, Ill. -- State regulators approved Blessing Hospital's proposal to open a new proposed ambulatory surgical center in Quincy.

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted 6-0 to approve the new facility at its meeting Tuesday in Bolingbrook.

Blessing asked to move its surgery center from space owned by Quincy Medical Group at 1118 Hampshire to a new $21 million two-story, 36,000-square-foot building that would be built on hospital property at 11th and Spring. It would house three operating rooms and three procedure rooms, and it would be connected to the main hospital building by a sky bridge. Construction of the facility is expected to be completed by January 2022.

Blessing Health System President and CEO Maureen Kahn said the community asked for greater convenience, ease of access and choice when needing health care.

"Once the surgery center relocation and modernization project is complete, patients will have the convenience of outpatient care with the security of being in close proximity to the hospital, and they will ultimately have access to high quality care at competitive prices," Kahn said. "We look forward to the opportunity to better serve our patients."

"This is an exciting time for the hospital board and staff as we evolve and enhance Quincy's position as a regional medical hub," said Julie Brink, president of the Blessing Hospital Board of Trustees.

The state board did not delay a decision on the proposed facility as was requested by QMG, which called for further review on several issues..

Blessing and QMG have butted heads over ambulatory surgery centers since QMG proposed opening one in the former Bergner's space at the Quincy Mall last year. QMG received approval from the state board in April to open the $20 million surgical center, and construction continues on the project.

That facility will have five operating rooms and three procedure rooms, including one operating room dedicated to catherizations.

This is the third major project Blessing has received approval from the state board since last year.

Blessing received approval to build a $40 million medical office building on a 7-acre plot at the southeast corner of 48th and Maine.

The 80,000-square-foot building will include provider offices, physical therapy and select radiology and laboratory services. It also will house a coffee shop and a durable medical equipment store. It is scheduled to open in 2021.

Blessing also received approval for a $49.2 million expansion of Moorman Pavilion at Blessing Hospital. That project, which is slated for completion in 2021, calls for finishing the empty fourth floor and constructing the fifth and sixth floors, which would allow Blessing to create three floors of additional single-bed rooms.

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