State Review Board Approves U of C Downtown Orland Park Facility

State Review Board Approves U of C Downtown Orland Park Facility
Posted on 09/02/2014

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board on August 27, 2014, unanimously approved the University of Chicago Medicine’s new ambulatory outpatient health care facility planned for Downtown Orland Park.

“The Village of Orland Park is very happy that the review board recognized the tremendous value of the University of Chicago Medicine’s project,” said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “This will be a great addition to health services for Orland Park and the southwest suburban area.”

A number of former patients, physicians, nurses and interested third parties, including representatives of the Orland Park community, spoke on behalf of UChicago Medicine at the daylong IHFSRB hearing in Normal, IL.

The approved Orland Park project is for a four-story, 127,000-square-foot facility in Downtown Orland Park at 143rd Street and LaGrange Road.

The project was designed to meet the needs of a changing health care environment, where care will be increasingly delivered in an ambulatory setting. Research showed the Orland Park area will need 370 additional physicians and more than 400 new exam rooms by 2018 to keep pace with population growth and the anticipated impact of the Affordable Care Act.

"We're very pleased the Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved our application and recognized how this project underscores our commitment to our patients and the communities they live in," said Sharon O'Keefe, president of the University of Chicago Medical Center.

In addition, approximately 122,000 outpatient visits in fiscal 2013 to the main Hyde Park came from patients in the south suburbs.

The Downtown Orland Park project will include a pharmacy and a 580-space parking structure.

The proposed mixed-use building is expected to employ more than 100 people and create more than 200 construction jobs. The project also would bring $61 million in private investment and 22,400 annual visitors/patients to Orland Park’s downtown. The direct financial benefit to the village, through the terms of the letter of intent, is estimated to be $25.5 million.

“This is a great addition to Downtown Orland Park, bringing with it health services for people from throughout the region, creating construction jobs and health care related jobs,” McLaughlin said. “We look forward to finalizing our agreement with the University of Chicago Medicine and seeing this exciting project come to fruition.”

A ground breaking ceremony will be held in the fall.