West Sub benefits from a new ER, but the neighbors certainly won't

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West Suburban Hospital will certainly benefit richly by building a new emergency room. Hospital officials would not spend tens of millions of dollars on a new emergency room if they didn't believe it would generate substantial revenue for the hospital.

But this expansion will not be good for the neighboorhoods surrounding the hospital. It will create more traffic, litter, noise and light that will detract from the quality of life in those neighborhoods. The expansion will certainly negatively affect property values. It seems quite inappropriate for this hospital and its parent corporation to benefit at our expense.

How much of that anticipated extra revenue might West Suburban be willing to spend to mitigate the negative impact on surrounding neighborhoods?

Karl Lauger
Oak Park

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