Illinois’ First Freestanding ED

From the Pantagraph:

Streator-area residents facing life-threatening emergencies can again be treated locally now that OSF Center for Health-Streator has opened an emergency center.

The state’s first emergency center not attached to a hospital is being staffed 24/7 to meet health emergencies of area residents, OSF HealthCare announced Thursday.

Streator Mayor Jimmie Lansford welcomed the news.

“Delivery of health care to rural areas is constantly changing…as Streator experienced when, after 125 years, the local hospital closed and our future health care was uncertain,” Lansford said, referring to the controversial decision by Springfield-based Hospital Sisters Health Systems (HSHS) to close St. Mary’s Hospital, 111 Spring St., on Jan 4.

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