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This photograph, taken last October, shows the location off Washington Street, between Regency and St. Joseph drives, Bloomington, where OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center wants to build a $25.3 million, 52,704-square-foot medical office building. The building project was approved by a state board on Tuesday.

BLOOMINGTON — OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center wants to build a nearly $25 million medical office building on its Bloomington campus to increase the number of primary care providers while improving access to outpatient cardiac services.

St. Joseph has applied for approval for a three-story, 51,000-square-foot medical office building to be located off Washington Street, east of Regency Drive and west of St. Joseph Drive.

The application has been filed with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.

The project cost, which would be paid for through a bond issue, would be $24,988,949, according to the application. The projected project completion date is Dec. 31, 2019.

"The project will provide much needed ambulatory space to increase the number of primary care providers, allowing us to improve access to care, which is a key measure and strategy of success as OSF HealthCare works to transform the delivery of health care in the Bloomington-Normal communities," said Chad Boore, OSF HealthCare Eastern Region CEO.

OSF is proposing a building mostly for offices for primary care physicians and cardiac specialists, according to the application.

In addition, the building will have dedicated space for outpatient cardiac services, including nuclear medicine, stress testing, echocardiography, vascular ultrasound, infusion and cardiac rehabilitation. In addition, OSF is proposing space for occupational health and general radiology.

The building would consolidate some primary care, cardiology and occupational health services that are spread over five sites, OSF said in its application.

"Relocating them to one site on campus, as proposed, will improve access to the services and increase efficiency in providing care," OSF said in the application.

OSF media relations coordinator Libby Allison said there is no final word on which five sites would be vacated if the proposed building is constructed. According to OSF's application, "There are no current plans for use of this (vacated) space, although eventually the areas will be re-purposed."

The project is scheduled for consideration by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board at its meeting 10 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Drive, Bolingbrook.

Requests for a public hearing on the matter must be filed with the board by Oct. 27. More information is available by calling 217-782-3516.

Written comments must be submitted by Dec. 20. The state board staff report on the application should be filed by Dec. 26.

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Health reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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