The Provident Hospital in Chicago, part of Cook County Health, delayed its plan to build a replacement facility worth $ 240 million for the second time, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Construction of the eight-story replacement facility was first delayed in February 2020 when Cook County’s health committee decided to suspend the project until the health system appointed a new CEO, which happened in October 2020.
Cook County’s health leaders said the project’s second delay was due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The project takes a little more time,” said Israel Rocha Jr. during a press conference, according to the Tribune. “We’ll try to minimize possible delays and see where we can move forward, but since COVID has been with us for over a year, we want to make sure we respond to the schedule.”
The new hospital will be 22 percent smaller than the existing building, but offer expanded ambulatory and emergency room services, the Tribune reported. It will be located west of the existing hospital in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood.
Mr Rocha said the construction delays could be anywhere from 12 to 16 months. According to the report, the planned opening of the new hospital was previously planned for April 2023.