State OKs replacement for Northwestern Lake Forest

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Northwestern Medicine has won approval for a $387 million project to replace its hospital in Lake Forest.

A 114-bed hospital with eight operating rooms was approved Tuesday by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. The new hospital will be built on the existing site. The project also includes a medical office building for physician offices, pharmacy and laboratory services.

The existing Northwestern Lake Forest hospital has 201 beds, including an 84-bed long-term care unit that’s not part of the new project.

“We are pleased to have this approval which is a significant step forward for construction to start this fall,” said Thomas J. McAfee, president of Lake Forest Hospital. “Our new hospital and redesigned campus will be a destination for health, wellness and community enjoyment for the people of Lake County and will provide our patients with access to quality care, medical experts and exceptional service as well as a seamless pathway to Northwestern Medicine specialty care.”

Construction is to begin this fall, and the new hospital could open in 2017.

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