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A battle between two Illinois hospitals evokes battles around America as systems seek to boost their outpatient capacities while seeking better insured, more affluent patients outside of old cities.

In this case,  Illinois regulators have  approved  plans to build a new hospital in O’Fallon, capping a nearly eight-month battle between two Belleville hospitals.

Modern Healthcare reports that “Memorial Hospital has been a staunch opponent of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s proposal to build a 144-bed hospital in O’Fallon to replace its aging 303-bed hospital in Belleville. St. Elizabeth’s, a part of Springfield, Ill.-based Hospital Sisters Health System, said it needs a more modern facility with space for expanded ambulatory care.

“Memorial, however, has argued that a new hospital in O’Fallon would constitute an unnecessary and unfair duplication of services when built after its soon-to-be-complete Memorial East Hospital in the nearby village of Shiloh. Plus, the hospital says the move would limit access for the high-acuity, vulnerable population that St. Elizabeth’s currently serves in downtown Belleville.”

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