Providers oppose Advocate Sherman Hospital's proposed $12.7M ASC — 6 takeaways

In the coming months, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board will decide whether to approve Elgin, Ill.-based Advocate Sherman Hospital's plans to build an ASC on its campus, according to Daily Herald.

Here are six takeaways:

1. The proposed surgery center is estimated to cost $12.7 million.

2. The 15,000-square-foot ASC would offer services including general surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, ophthalmology and urology.

3. The proposed ASC is a joint venture between Advocate Sherman Hospital and Surgical Care Affiliates, based inDeerfield, Ill. If the ASC is approved, it is slated to open in March 2019.

4. The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board is likely to reach a decision about the ASC in January, 2017.

5. Robert Vavrik, manager of strategic planning for Crystal Lake, Ill.-based Centegra Health System, is among the healthcare providers opposing the center. Opponents say the surgery center is unnecessary as there are dozens of centers within the area to meet patients' surgical needs.

6. Those in favor of the ASC said it would provide patients surgery at a lower cost than undergoing surgery at the hospital. The surgery center would also benefit pediatric patients, proponents argue.

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