Kruezer pledges to be upfront about new ER

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Providing high quality medical care to everyone in the community is the mission of West Suburban Medical Center.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, I announced West Suburban Medical Center's intent to break ground in the fall of 2006 on a new, modern Emergency Department to replace our current facilities. I also invited our neighbors to join a new Neighborhood Advisory Committee that will be involved in planning for the new Emergency Department.

West Suburban Medical Center is home to one of the busiest ERs in the Chicago area, with an average of 50,000 patient visits a year, and is operating well above its planned capacity of 35,000. With the support of Resurrection Health Care, our not-for-profit parent corporation, we plan to invest $72 million in capital improvements over the next several years. A significant portion of these funds will be invested in improving our emergency care capabilities.

Nearly a dozen community leaders from Oak Park and Austin have already joined our Neighborhood Advisory Committee. These leaders are committed to providing public feedback to the hospital throughout the planning process and will act as liaisons to their respective communities.

My staff and I are committed to attending and participating in regular meetings throughout the planning process with the Neighborhood Advisory Committee. As we move forward, I will update on a regular basis the community and the media on the committee's and hospital's progress. I also plan to meet with local churches and community organizations to solicit their feedback on our plans as the new Emergency Department evolves.

Jay E. Kreuzer
Executive Vice President/CEO

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