After Centegra files application with state board, officials request public hearing


The city of Woodstock has asked for a hearing on Centegra Health System’s plans to discontinue some services at its hospital in Woodstock.

The city submitted a request Aug. 21 to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board for a public hearing on a Certificate of Exemption application that will be considered by the state board this fall.

Centegra is seeking to end medical-surgical and intensive care services at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock. Those services were suspended Aug. 12, but the state board must approve Centegra’s application in order for them to be permanently eliminated.

The application was filed Aug. 15, Centegra said in a statement.

Mayor Brian Sager said city officials requested the hearing to allow residents to share their thoughts.

“It’s incumbent upon the city of Woodstock to request a public hearing on the application from Centegra in order to provide the residents of the city the opportunity to provide their opinions regarding the changes to the health care provision by Centegra within the community,” Sager said.

Centegra continues to operate a basic emergency room and offer other care at its hospital in Woodstock, including inpatient behavioral health services and outpatient medical imaging and laboratory services. Patients who need overnight stays or surgeries will be transferred to other hospitals.

Centegra has plans to move outpatient behavioral health and inpatient physical rehabilitation to its Woodstock hospital.

“The Woodstock hospital is evolving into a dynamic facility that will provide outpatient services and specialty inpatient care,” Michael Eesley, chief executive officer of Centegra Health System, said in a statement. “As we enhance the services at the hospital, the community will see that Centegra Hospital-Woodstock will be busier than it ever has been.”

No date has been set for the public hearing, according to Mike Constantino of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. The hearing will be held in Woodstock, and one board member will be present to listen to public comments, he said.

Centegra officials also will attend the hearing.

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board will consider Centegra’s application for a Certificate of Exemption for its Woodstock hospital at a meeting in November.

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