NORMAL — OSF HealthCare wants to strengthen its presence in Normal with plans for a medical office building that will cost $5 million to build and equip.
OSF has filed plans with the town of Normal for a medical office building on Bradford Lane in Constitution Trail Centre northeast of Main Street and Raab Road.
"We're building this facility to offer better accessibility to our patients and those in need of care in Normal," said Tracy Pogue, OSF vice president of ambulatory integration and development. "We have a lot of patients in Normal driving to our other locations."
"There is a lot of growth in that area ... without access to care nearby," Pogue told The Pantagraph on Friday. Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, part of Advocate Health Care, is 3 miles to the south and the closest OSF-related facility is Center for Health at Fort Jesse, which is 4 miles to the southeast.
OSF wants to build a 13,125-square-foot building that will cost $5 million to build, equip and furnish, Pogue said. The main service will be primary care provided by four patient care teams, with each consisting of a physician, nurse, advance-practice nurse and medical office assistant.
The building will include 24 patient exam rooms, a PromptCare clinic, patient case management space, a conference room, x-ray, lab and waiting room, Pogue said. About 30 full-time employees will work there.
The plan goes to the Normal Planning Commission for its consideration at 5 p.m. Thursday in the City Council chambers at Uptown Station. The town staff has recommended approval of the project.
If approved by the planning commission, the plan would go to Normal City Council.
If approved by the council, construction would begin in early fall, Pogue said.
"We plan to occupy the building by June 2018," she said. The building would be owned by Cullinan Properties, Ltd., and leased by OSF.