NORTHLAKE, Ill. – Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Northlake, designed to streamline reopening requirements for Westlake Hospital was signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday.
“I applaud Gov. Pritzker for recognizing the health care disparities that were laid bare by Westlake Hospital’s 2019 closure, which left many people without access to critical treatment and care,” Willis said. “I am honored to have led the effort that will enable Westlake Hospital to reopen as efficiently and effectively as possible so that it can resume treating those most in need.”
Signed by Gov. Pritzker Tuesday, Willis’ Senate Bill 168 lays the groundwork for reopening Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park, which closed in 2019. The new law establishes a streamlined process for reviving a closed hospital, including that parties seeking to reopen a hospital commit to spending at least $20 million on improving hospital infrastructure. Once Westlake Hospital reopens its doors under new ownership, it is projected that 500 to 600 health care jobs will be created.
“The devastating blow COVID has had on countless Illinois communities only reaffirms our commitment to revitalizing and further expanding access to health care,” Willis said. “Reopening Westlake Hospital will move us one step closer to making good on that goal.”
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