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The board of direc­tors of 294-bed Lit­tle Com­pany of Mary Hospi­tal voted to move for­ward with plans to build a new pavil­ion that will be the cen­ter­piece of plan to mod­ern­ize the cam­pus just south­west of Chicago. The nine-story ad­di­tion is de­signed to in­clude 96 pri­vate pa­tient rooms and a women’s health cen­ter to in­clude la­bor and de­liv­ery suites. The Catholic hospi­tal was es­tab­lished nearly 80 years ago, and the plan also calls for sig­nif­i­cant ren­o­va­tion of space in an ex­ist­ing pavil­ion and for the orig­i­nal X-shaped tower to be de­mol­ished, mak­ing room for green space at the en­trance to the new women’s cen­ter. The project, which was ap­proved in April by the Illi­nois Health Fa­cil­i­ties and Ser­vices Re­view Board, is ex­pected to cost be­tween $150 mil­lion and $175 mil­lion, paid for with a mix of bonds, cash and gifts. Ground­break­ing is ex­pected in Jan­uary 2010.


Less than four months af­ter launch­ing a health in­sur­ance plan for low-in­come res­i­dents dur­ing one of the worst re­ces­sions in decades, Wis­con­sin Gov. Jim Doyle sus­pended en­roll­ment in the pro­gram be­cause de­mand was higher than ex­pected. Since launch­ing the BadgerCare Plus Core Plan on June 15, state of­fi­cials have re­ceived more than 500 applications per day from low-in­come adults. Pro­gram or­ga­niz­ers say the plan can af­ford to cover about 54,000 peo­ple, but 60,000 applications have al­ready been re­ceived, prompt­ing a de­ci­sion to place any­one who ap­plied af­ter Oct. 9 on a wait­ing list. The pro­gram is open to adults who do not have de­pen­dent chil­dren liv­ing with them and who earn less than $21,660 for an in­di­vid­ual or $29,139 for a cou­ple. Par­tic­i­pants can­not have had ac­cess to em­ployer-sub­si­dized in­sur­ance for at least 12 months prior. A news release from Doyle said de­mand for the pro­gram showed a clear need for health­care re­form at the fed­eral level, adding that BadgerCare and sim­i­lar pro­grams in other states “are merely bridges to get us to na­tional health re­form.” Wis­con­sin is not the only state strug­gling to pay for Med­i­caid pro­grams (Oct. 5, p. 6).

The board of direc­tors at Lit­tle Com­pany of Mary Hospi­tal, Ev­er­green Park, Ill., voted in fa­vor of ex­pand­ing with a new pavil­ion ex­pected to cost as much as $175 mil­lion.

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