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New Lenox Oks Silver Cross surgical center construction

Michelle Mullins | 11/17/2016, 6 a.m.
Silver Cross Hospital is planning an ambulatory surgical center that is expected to open next August. The hospital received the ...
Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox received an A grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog group.

Silver Cross Hospital is planning an ambulatory surgical center that is expected to open next August.

The hospital received the OK from the New Lenox Village Board on Monday to build a one-story 11,800-square-foot building on about four acres at Silver Cross Boulevard and Pawlak Parkway that would serve as an outpatient surgical center.

Geoff Tryon, the vice-president of operations for Silver Cross, said the building will have three operating rooms and 12 recovery bays and relieve some of the pressure from the main hospital.

Surgical volume at the main hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., has been “extremely busy,” Tryon said. Surgeries are being done well into the evening hours and on the weekends, he said.

Tryon said that he anticipates the outpatient center being used for gynecology, podiatry, orthopedics and urology procedures.

The state health board has already approved the Silver Cross expansion.

The New Lenox Village Board this summer approved rezoning about 58 acres of land along the west side of Silver Cross Boulevard near U.S. Route 6 for hospital use. Potential uses under the hospital zoning could be medical offices, assisted living facilities or commercial buildings that are compatible with Silver Cross Hospital, village officials have said.

In other news, the long-awaited Nelson Road extension is expected to open Dec. 2.

Nelson Road is being extended from about Haven Avenue to Illinois Highway to improve the north-south flow of traffic through the village while alleviating congestion on Gear Drive, a residential street that drivers often use to travel north and south.

The new road will include one lane in each direction, a bike path and drainage improvements.

The village board on Monday set the speed limit at 30 miles per hour for the road and requested that reflective markers or stripes be added to improve visibility in bad weather.

Finally, the village board recognized Grace Curran, a New Lenox resident and sophomore at Lincoln-Way Central High School, who won the 2016 IHSA girls’ golf state championship in October.