Rush Health Systems Proceeds with Building Plans

Rush Health Systems says it has sealed the deal to build a new hospital in Butler.

Donnie Smith, vice-president of Rush Hospital, said he anticipates the project being exciting for a number of reasons. One is because it will not only require new construction, but also some restoration.

"We're doing something unique and different here," said Smith. "We're restoring the old Vanity Fair building and we're building a new hospital wing for patient care."

Smith says administrative offices, a cafeteria, rehab area and educational conference room will be housed in the old Vanity Fair building, which has been vacant since the business there closed in the mid to late 1990s. All hospital beds and the emergency room will be located in the newly constructed area.

Smith says it's the unique makeup of the hospital that has led to the delay.

"We were looking at a restoration project and some new construction and that goes through a lot of regulatory things that we have to do in healthcare," Smith said.

The new hospital is anticipated to be between an $18 million and $20 million investment, generating about $10 million annually for the Butler area. With 25 beds, ultimately this hospital is expected to create between 120 and 125 jobs.

Complete with a helipad and emergency room, construction for the new hospital is expected to start in March and wrap up around the end of the year.

"We're going to Butler to be a part of the community," said Smith.

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