Illinois Health Board gives Quincy Medical Group more time to earn ASC approval — 5 insights

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board gave Quincy (Ill.) Medical Group more time to answer remaining questions about its proposed ASC project, the Herald-Whig reports.

What you should know:

1. QMG is seeking approval for a $19.5 million ASC in the former department store in Quincy. Quincy-based Blessing Health System — which operates a surgery center — opposes the proposal.

2. The health board issued findings on QMG's proposal in late February, finding the surgery center was an unnecessary duplication of facilities, did not improve access to care and did not conform with viable and reasonable standards. Despite these findings, three members of the five-person board voted in favor of the center.

3. Two members abstained. All five members need to approval the proposal.

4. The board did grant QMG more time to address the failings from its findings. The board will hear QMG's proposal again at a later date

5. QMG CEO Carol Brockmiller said, "We respect the HFSRB's feedback on our project and look forward to providing them with additional information. We remain steadfast in our commitment to this project that will modernize the way we deliver care in a manner that is safe, cost-effective and convenient."

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