Sacred Heart Hospital, located near the intersection of Kedzie and Franklin, announced yesterday that it would be closing its doors. According to the Chicago Tribune, the only warning that the state received of the hospital's shutdown was a phone call to the Illinois Department of Public Health on Monday.
The department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said that hospitals are required to give a 90-day notice of shutdowns.
"I don’t know how many patients (are at the hospital)," Arnold said. "That is one of the reasons we have someone going out there, to check the whole situation. Our priority is the patients and making sure they are being cared for.”
Sacred Heart Hospital's owner currently faces federal charges in an alleged kickback and health care fraud scheme.
Source: Chicago Tribune