OSF HealthCare and the City of Streator are pleased to announce that OSF Center for Health – Streator will remain at the former St. Mary's Hospital site, located at 111 Spring Street. The facility will be remodeled, and provide residents with an innovative health care model where outpatient medical services and community programs promoting better health and wellness are centrally located. The renovations will require a comparable investment to building a new facility, but in this way, more of that investment will directly impact patient care.
"The transfer of property from HSHS to OSF HealthCare occurred on January 4,” said OSF HealthCare’s Regional CEO Dr. David Gorenz. “Since that time, we have been refining our plans to serve the community and conducting an analysis aimed at evaluating the building’s long-term functionality.”
OSF expected to find that a new facility would be a more efficient way to serve the community's needs, as they anticipated using only three of the building’s six available floors. Additionally, a new facility seemed more appropriate for implementing new technology and supporting the way health care will be delivered in the future.
"Our research shows OSF HealthCare can best serve the community by staying where Center for Health – Streator is located today," Gorenz said. "We were open to others’ opinions throughout the process and were committed to going wherever the analysis and the facts led us.”
According to Jimmie Lansford, Mayor of the City of Streator, it was the City that asked OSF HealthCare to look more closely at using the existing facility.
“The recent community survey, as well as conversations with various individuals and groups, indicated a strong preference to continue offering health care services on Spring Street, where they’ve always been,” said Mayor Lansford. “That, coupled with feedback from the doctors and nurses within the facility who told us how much they like it, made everyone want to reevaluate the plans.”
Kevin Schoeplein, Chief Executive Officer of OSF HealthCare, agreed. “Developing a campus where health care services are co-located with other social services agencies makes sense,” said Schoeplein. “Our vision extends beyond traditional medical care to broadly impact the overall health and wellness of the Streator community.”
Staying in the current location will enable OSF HealthCare to focus its resources on renovating, equipping, and repurposing the existing structure, rather than on buying new property, building new parking lots, and constructing a new heliport and other infrastructure.
OSF HealthCare officials said they heard from the community that residents wanted the Spring Street building left intact. "As the owners and occupants of the lower floors, we can ensure the campus fits well with the community’s goals for health and wellness,” said Gorenz.
Mayor Jimmie Lansford has been talking with community members and providing their feedback to OSF HealthCare since last fall. He now serves on the OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center Board as well as a special steering committee established to help with the transition of health care from HSHS to OSF.
“The City is pleased that OSF is pursuing our collective vision of having medical care, social services, and other types of wellness offerings all co-located under the same roof,” said Mayor Lansford. “The decision by OSF HealthCare to remain on Spring Street will allow for a truly innovative care model where community members have access to a variety of resources extending beyond traditional health services to improve their overall lives.”
The city and OSF plan to continue working together to repurpose the unused portions of the hospital. If these efforts prove successful, it would be the first time the six-story building would be fully utilized and occupied in more than ten years.
OSF officials have determined their reuse and adaptation of the facility will require the demolition of the original St. Francis building, several mandated changes to the emergency rooms, the construction of additional parking, and extensive remodeling to accommodate new medical technology, new cardiac rehabilitation facilities, and more.
The renovation project is expected to take the same amount of time to complete as construction of a new building--about two years.