| February 5, 2020

DuPage Medical To Open Two New Centers Worth $60m

Nqaba Matshazi

Nqaba has been working as an investigative journalist for the last 10 years. He has written for various media outlets across the world. Nqaba has been working as an investigative journalist for the last 10 years. He has written for various media outlets across the world.

DuPage Medical is planning to open two new centers in Oak Lawn and Westmont worth a total of about $60M, filings with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board show.

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board is scheduled to determine DuPage Medical’s applications when it meets in May.

The two new centers are meant to consolidate some of DuPage’s smaller medical practices and address the growing demand for outpatient services.

What DuPage says in its applications

In Westmont, DuPage Medical wants to construct an outpatient medical office building for the “purpose of consolidating physician space,” the documents say. The physician group said the medical office will offer non-hospital based ambulatory care.

DuPage Medical said it expected the costs for the project will be $29.627M and will be funded through cash and cash equivalents, such as the operating lease, which includes the fair market value of the real estate.

“The project does not have an inpatient component nor does it establish any category of service; however, it requires an expenditure in excess of the capital expenditure threshold. As such, it is classified as non-substantive. The project will include new construction of 50,220 gross square feet of non-renewable space,” the papers say.

The Westmont project will offer services such as orthopedics, physical therapy, pulmonology and cardiology practices. The project site is located on 301-319 W. Ogden Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559.

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On the second site, DuPage seeks to modernize 42,618 gross square feet of a former retail space located at 4061 W. 95th Street in Oak Lawn, Illinois for the “purposes of consolidating physician practice space.” Developing the site is expected to cost just over $31M.

As with the Westmont location, DuPage said the Oak Lawn site will also offer non-hospital based ambulatory care. Services at the Oak Lawn location will include orthopedics, physical therapy, obstetrics and gynecology, and three primary care practices.

With the development of the two centers, DuPage would be consolidating doctors and midlevel providers in each of the areas — thus eliminating “multiple” single-specialty practices. By so doing, it would increase efficiencies and improve continuity of care, the applications show.

Crain’s Chicago Business reported that DuPage Medical had $981M in net revenue in 2018.

Last year, the group opened a new 54,000-square-foot facility in Lockport. DuPage Medical described the 54,000 square foot Lockport center as a state-of-the-art facility that will offer a wide range of healthcare services to residents of Lockport and the surrounding south suburbs. As part of phase one of its opening, the facility is offering express care, physical and occupational therapy, orthopedics, radiology, spine surgery, and the Sleep Center, the group said in a statement.

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In addition to these services, in December, Dupage Medical announced that the Lockport facility was now offering gastroenterology, interventional radiology and pain medicine services. In addition, select cardiology, gastroenterology, interventional radiology, pain medicine, and vascular surgery procedures will now be performed onsite.

“The opening of our Lockport medical office building reinforces our commitment to improving the health of our south suburban communities by providing high quality and accessible care. We are excited to bring a wide range of healthcare services to Lockport,”  Donna Cooper, the group’s Chief Operating Officer, said at the time.

About DuPage

DuPage Medical is the largest independent, multi-specialty physician group in Illinois with more than 750 primary care and specialty care physicians in over 100 suburban Chicago locations. The group says it is focused on making healthcare better for its patients and communities by offering high quality, compassionate healthcare.

As a physician-led organization, DuPage Medical’s physicians work together – utilizing leading-edge technology and innovative treatment options – to ensure that each patient receives accessible and efficient healthcare.

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