Updated: Carle to pursue expansion request after "intent to deny" from the state
NEW 5 p.m. Thursday:
Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing was among those who testified before the state board this week against the Carle tower project.
She said she doesn't want Carle to have a monopoly in the local community.
This comes as Carle and Urbana are in an ongoing dispute over the health care organization's payment of property taxes.
NEW 2:55 p.m. Thursday:
The administrator of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board said a staff report shows the additional beds that the Carle Foundation wants to add to its Urbana hospital aren't needed in the area.
The health facilities board this week issued an "intent to deny" on Carle's application for a "certificate of need" to add 48 medical-surgical beds to the hospital's 212 bed facility. The beds would be located on the top floor of the Carle tower, which was left unfinished for future needs.
Carle spokesperson Jennifer Hendricks Kaufman said Carle needs the additional beds to help provide specialty care not available in the area and to meet a higher volume of patients.
But Health Facilities and Services Review Board Administrator Courtney Avery said the findings of a staff report show that the June 2014 bed inventory shows an excess of 158 medical-surgical beds in the planning area and that the proposed project does not appear to meet the expansion criteria.
Kaufman said Carle needed only one more vote from the board for approval this week and that three board members were absent. She said Carle is continuing discussions with the health facilities board.
Carle lists the cost of the project in the application at $17.8 million.
A Carle Foundation spokesperson said Carle officials will go before a state review board again as it pursues its application to develop the ninth floor of the hospital's Carle tower in Urbana and add beds in the space.
Carle officials appeared before the Health Facilities and Services Review Board earlier this week. The board issued an "intent to deny" the request for a "certificate of need" on the project. But Carle spokesperson Jennifer Hendricks-Kaufman said the action came when four board members voted in favor of the certificate when at least five votes are required, while there were two votes in opposition. She said other board members were absent.
Carle is using the first eight floors of the tower and left the ninth floor unfinished for future needs. Kaufman said the hospital wants to add 48 medical-surgical beds to the ninth floor to help provide specialty care that patients can't receive elsewhere in the area. She said the added beds are also needed to meet the higher volume of patients the hospital is already treating.
The cost of the project is listed in the application to the state at $17.8 million. No date has been set yet for Carle to go back before the state health facilities board.