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BLOOMINGTON - OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is planning a medical office building on the west edge of Bloomington, and part of the building will be on land donated by Drs. Paul and Ron Nord and their families.

OSF hopes to finalize plans by the end of March for a 4,000- to 5,000-square-foot medical office building at the northeast corner of Illinois 9 and Mitsubishi Motorway, said Anna Lee Fenger, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center chief operating officer for medical network services.

"It's our objective to have something up by the end of 2006, depending of course on construction schedules and the weather," Fenger said Wednesday.

She said she couldn't discuss further details regarding building plans because they still are being discussed by hospital administration, the OSF Healthcare System board of directors and the Nord family. Plans must be approved by the system board.

"We are very grateful to the Nord family," Fenger said. "The Nord family has had a long history with the OSF Healthcare System and with our sisters. We have a mutual vision for health-care services that could be delivered in that segment of our community."

Dr. Paul Nord said the Nord family was interested in bringing medical care closer for west-side residents.

"That area doesn't have medical services," he said.

St. Joseph's mutual interest brought the hospital and Nord family together.

Dr. Paul and Karen Nord and Dr. Ron and Diane Nord and their families are donating 1.2 acres and selling another acre to the OSF Healthcare Foundation, Dr. Paul Nord said. That would give OSF 2.2 acres with an option to buy another 2 acres, he said.

The Nords own the acreage on the northeast corner of the intersection and 29 acres on the northwest corner. The Paul Nord family also owns 29 acres south of Illinois 9. Nord said plans are being developed for business use of the south side of the highway.

The Nord family medical tradition is strong in McLean County. Dr. Stan Nord had nine children. Four of them are medical doctors - Paul, Larry, Dan and Harold - and one, Ron, is a veterinarian.

"This very generous gift continues the Nord legacy over time," said Roger Meyer, chief development officer for the OSF Healthcare Foundation.

Paul Nord is a family practice physician with OSF Medical Group, 308 St. Joseph Drive, Bloomington. He said he plans to continue to practice medicine there and wouldn't transfer to the new building. But he wouldn't mind helping out there from time to time.

The new building would be smaller than the $1.9 million, 11,000-square-foot building that opened at 302 St. Joseph Drive in August.

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