Illinois hospital's plan for new clinic faces opposition

Mattoon, Ill.-based Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital wants to demolish and replace its SBL Bonutti Clinic in Effingham, Ill., but the plan is facing opposition, according to The Pantagraph

HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham is challenging the scope of the $35 million project, claiming it will result in duplicate services in the area. The new clinic would consolidate several services in one facility. 

Lawmakers, physicians and local residents spoke at a public hearing about the project on Sept. 2. Some support the $35 million project, while others said it will result in duplicate services and financial strain for HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, according to the report.  

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board is expected to review information submitted by those on both sides on Sept. 22, according to the report. 

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Editor's note: This article was updated Sept. 10 at 2:28 CDT. 

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