Plans for McHenry nursing home scaled back

Plans for McHenry nursing home scaled back

Plans for a McHenry nursing home have been scaled back after wetland issues on its originally approved site on the campus of Centegra Hospital-McHenry proved too costly.

Developers are now proposing an 84-bed, $17.4 million long-term care facility across the street from the hospital.

The original proposal, approved in 2016, called for a 98-bed, $19.3 million facility.

Rachel Sebastian, president of Centegra Hospital-McHenry, said in a letter expressing support for the project that her hospital discharged nearly 1,400 patients to skilled nursing facilities between April 2017 and March 2018.

“Because all facilities do not accept public aid or public aid pending patients, a facility that provides services to these patients is both necessary and welcomed,” she said.

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