HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield has been dealing with delayed state reimbursement and a shortfall of state insurance payments for state worker healthcare. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is battling reduced state funding for healthcare providers as well as cuts to the SIU system. Despite those obstacles, both are teaming up to build a new womens' and childrens' out patient clinic. St. John's President and CEO Dr. Charles Lucore says the facility will meet a pressing need for a large portion of Central Illinois.
The $48.4 million facility is expected to open in August of 2018. The construction work is seen as crucial for the region's economy, especially with the potential for work on Illinois roadways threatened by the lack of a budget.