ROSCOE (WIFR) -- Beloit Health System is wanting to add a $16 million outpatient center. Hospital leaders say they're running out of space and continuously having to reschedule outpatient appointments.
Beloit Health System would be adding 32,000 square feet onto their NorthPointe Health and Wellness Center in Roscoe. Timothy McKevett says the hospital treats about 700,000 outpatients a year for things like colonoscopies and X-rays. McKevett says these outpatient appointments are constantly being rescheduled for the 4,000 annual major surgeries the hospital does. Doctors say the lack of space is becoming a hassle to their patients
"If you're scheduled for a surgery you expect that surgery to be done at the time you were told it was gonna be done. Then to be told well you have to go home we have something more pressing, it's not fair to that patient," says Peter Marks, Heart Surgeon.
People that are opposed say an expansion would be much more useful in an area like Rockford.
"Really the area that needs better access to care is Rockford. Those are the people who have trouble getting access to health care," says Nancy Garry, Administrator at Rockford's Gastroenterology.
Out of the 20 people that spoke at today's public hearing, only 5 were opposed to the expansion. Many of those were from other hospitals like Swedish American and the Rockford Health Systems.
McKevett says the $16 million is being completely paid for by Beloit Health System. The public can testify on the addition up until this Thursday. A final decision will be made on March 11th in Normal, IL.