(CBS) — The controversial plan to close most of Saint James Hospital’s Chicago Heights facility, and consolidate them at the hospital’s newer Olympia Fields campus was the subject of hearings Tuesday by state regulators.
An army of Saint James employees arrived early, were first in line to speak and said the consolidation would save money and provide better care in a newer facility. But several fire chiefs and other first responders disagreed loudly.
Matteson Chief Chris Schwelbe said the emergency room in Olympia Fields, even if expanded as planned, would be maxed out quickly.
“They’re going to be at capacity when they cut their ribbon,” he said. “The ER is barely going to be barely handling all the patients we’re going to be bringing into the facility.”