It’s a happy day in Huntley as officials celebrate a state health board’s decision to grant Centegra Health System permission to build a hospital in Huntley.
The 6-3 vote came Tuesday morning during a Illinois Health Facilities Services and Review Board meeting. Centegra filed a request to build a 128-bed hospital on its current Huntley campus, at Haligus and Reed Roads, back in December 2010. Last year, the plan was rejected twice. But the commission approved the plan Tuesday.
Centegra Hospital-Huntley is only the second new hospital to be approved in the state of Illinois in the past 30 years, according to a Centegra release. It is anticipated that Centegra Hospital-Huntley will treat its first patients in 2016, create 800 construction jobs and employ 1,100 area residents, the release stated.