WBEZ | Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board http://www.wbez.org/tags/illinois-health-facilities-and-services-review-board Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois board approves controversial plan to close Oak Forest Hospital http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-hospital-board-vote-again-controversial-plan-close-oak-forest-hospital-90607 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-16/Ambulance_Getty_Kevork Dejansezian.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Updated at 3:42 p.m. on 8/16/11</strong></p><p>A state health planning board has voted to approve Cook County's controverial plan to close Oak Forest Hospital.</p><p>The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted 7-1 Tuesday in favor of the proposal.&nbsp; One board member voted present.&nbsp; All three new board members appointed recently by Gov. Pat Quinn voted for the county's plan.</p><p>But the vote included a condition requesting county officials return in one year to update the board on the implementation of their plan to convert the hospital to a regional outpatient center.&nbsp; The board also requested the that the county inform the board if they encounter any difficulty getting other local hospitals to take former Oak Forest patients.</p><p>The county now plans to close the hospital by Sept. 1.</p><p>Cook County has tried for months to close inpatient services at Oak Forest Hospital and downsize operations at the 213-bed facility.</p><p>Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says Oak Forest is currently underutilized and the changes will save the county's health system an estimated $2 million per month.</p><p>No hospitals can shut down in Illinois until the nine-member state board gives the green light to do so.</p><p>The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has authority over hospital closures - a power most states don't have.</p><p>In May, the Board previously blocked Cook County's efforts to close and convert Oak Forest Hospital. At the time, the nine-member board had three vacancies. In June, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn filled those slots with three new appointees.</p><p>The county since revised its plan, proposing to establish a 24-hour immediate care center at the facility, rather than one with shorter hours.</p><p>The proposals to eliminate services at Oak Forest Hospital prompted protests from some nearby residents who said the moves will deny the south suburban residents access to health care.</p><p>A report from the Illinois Department of Public Health also says closing the hospital would increase the shortage of intensive-care and long-term care beds in the already underserved area.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 05:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-hospital-board-vote-again-controversial-plan-close-oak-forest-hospital-90607 Oak Forest Hospital faces new future as outpatient clinic http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-31/oak-forest-hospital-faces-new-future-outpatient-clinic-87221 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-31/Quentin Young.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.cchil.org/dom/oak.html" target="_blank">Oak Forest Hospital</a> has recently been caught up in a stew of politics and health. Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and other officials hope to close inpatient care at the hospital and transform it into an outpatient clinic.<br> <br> But earlier in May, the <a href="http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/hfpb/">Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board</a> ruled against that move.<a href="http://hmprg.org/about/quentin-young/" target="_blank"> Dr. Quentin Young’s</a> been watching the development quite closely, and he supports the efforts to convert the hospital to an outpatient clinic.<br> <br> He joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to discuss the history and possible closure of Oak Forest Hospital.</p></p> Tue, 31 May 2011 14:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-31/oak-forest-hospital-faces-new-future-outpatient-clinic-87221