Peoria-based OSF HealthCare received unanimous approval Tuesday from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to offer a free-standing emergency center at its health center in Streator.
The OSF Center for Health - Streator already has staff, including emergency doctors, in place and is receiving patients at its urgent care center. The facility will change to an emergency center once licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The changeover could occur in the near future. The current facility can already accept patients arriving by ambulance, thanks to a waiver granted by the Department of Public Health.
Transitioning into a free-standing emergency center will increase the array of patient services offered at the center. The facility already offers a lab, diagnostic imaging, outpatient procedures and rehabilitation services, as well as a cardiologist and physicians' clinics.
“We thank the board for their quick response to our request,” OSF HealthCare System Regional CEO David Gorenz said. “Addressing the health care priorities for those we serve in Streator is of paramount importance to OSF. Next will be the site selection and construction of a state-of-the-art outpatient medical facility for Streator.”