ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Officials at OSF HealthCare have announced plans to open two new OSF Medical Group offices in August, 2013 in Byron and Rockton, Illinois.
The Bryon office will be located within the former Byron Public Library building at 109 N. Franklin Street. OSF purchased the building on December 17, 2012. Immediate plans call for no major external changes to the facility but for renovation of about 7,000 square foot of the interior. Interior demolition and renovation will begin in early January with an opening date goal of August 1, 2013. The office will contain one OSF Medical Group physician initially, Dr. Rachel Myers, with plans to expand to three physicians in the future.
The Rockton office will be located inside a planned commercial complex to be located at 4686 East Rockton Road. About 5,000 square feet of space will be used for the medical clinic, medical offices and ancillary services. Construction will begin in early 2013 with a similar opening date planned for August 1, 2013. It will be designed to accommodate up to three physicians, with one physician staffing the site initially, as well.
Dr. Jeffry Tillery, Vice President, OSF Medical Group Northern Region, commented on the expanded footprint of the OSF Medical Group service area, “We extend our geographic reach to new populations with the same commitment to service, quality and safety offered in our Rockford practices. We look forward to our new partnerships and the impact they bring to improve the health of these and surrounding communities.”
Officials of both communities welcomed the news. Byron Mayor, Christopher Millard said, “The City of Byron is always excited to welcome new businesses both for retail and service. This is a great opportunity to use an existing building in our community to help serve residents in the area. This is fantastic news for our community in these down economic times.” Dale Adams, Rockton Village President added, “We’re pleased to welcome OSF to our community. Their commitment of a medical clinic will meet the needs of an underserved area and add to a growing commercial district. The village looks forward to working with OSF.”