Belleville to ask court to review St. Elizabeth Hospital move

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – It appears the city of Belleville might be taking its fight to court to try and keep St. Elizabeth`s hospital from moving to O`Fallon, Illinois from downtown Belleville.

A lot of this is basically appealing what has already happened.

St. Elizabeth`s would close its hospital in downtown Belleville where it has been for years if it moves to O`Fallon.

City leaders in Belleville are doing all they can to try and stop that move from happening.

The Belleville News Democrat reports the Belleville city council last night unanimously approved authorizing Mayor Mark Eckert to have the city attorney request that an administrative review take place in circuit court.

That means a judge would look over the ruling of a state board which approved St. Elizabeth`s plans to build a new hospital in O`Fallon.

Last month, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted 8-0 to allow St. Elizabeth`s to build a new 144 bed hospital off I-64 on North Green Mount Road in O`Fallon.

The new hospital would cost $253 million.

Eckert says the appeal would be filed soon unless the city attorney here finds a reason not to file it.

This would be the first time that the controversy over St. Elizabeth`s potential move would wind up in court.

A St. Elizabeth`s spokesperson tells us if everything goes as planned with the move, the new hospital would open and the one here would close on the same day at the end of 2017.