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At its Dec. 1-2 meeting, the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board approved an application for a permit submitted by NorthShore University Health System d/b/a/ Skokie Hospital and NorthShore University HealthSystem to make capital expenditures of $129 million at the Skokie Hospital campus located on Golf Road in Skokie.

According to a report prepared by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Skokie Hospital and NorthShore plan to construct a medical office building and to expand, relocate and enhance a number of areas in the hospital, including the cardiac catheterization lab, diagnostic imaging areas, the GI lab, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine procedure rooms, non-invasive cardiology, and materials management. In all, 168,948 gross square feet of new space will be constructed, and 53,697 gross square feet will be rehabbed.

NorthShore acquired Skokie Hospital (formerly Rush North Shore Medical Center) effective Jan. 1, 2009; and as part of the merger agreement, it committed to fund over $100 million in capital improvements on the Skokie Hospital campus. The project is being funded entirely with cash and securities, according to IDPH’s report.

NorthShore owns and operates four hospitals: Evanston Hospital, Glenbrook Hospital, Highland Park Hospital and Skokie Hospital.