Cairo gets $2M more for critical access hospital initiative

Cairo gets $2M more for critical access hospital initiative

CAIRO, IL (KFVS) - Community Health & Emergency Services Incorporated's (CHESI) Chief Executive Officer Fred Bernstein announced public funding for a critical access hospital last Friday at the Cairo Megaclinic in Cairo, Illinois.

The amount announced at the event was $2,084,459. The funds were allocated through state funds and grants that go towards the development of the proposed hospital in Cairo.

"It's pretty exciting to see some movement in this project," Bernstein said.

This money is added with a grant they received in 2010 of $3 million dollars.

"That money was frozen by the government. We did spend some money of it for the project though," Bernstein explained.

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With the addition of more than $2 million, this puts the total around the $5 million mark for the critical access hospital. However, Bernstein said they are still short by about $4.5 to $5 million for the project.

Bernstein also wanted to give a special thank you to Illinois State Senator Dale Fowler for his work allocating the funding in the recently approved State Budget for 2018-2019 fiscal year.

"I'm very appreciative of the work Fowler put in to get this done," Bernstein said.

For now, Bernstein said they aren't announcing a date of when they can expect to start on construction as they still need to secure the remaining start-up funds. He said this is still a good day that should give residents hope to get this critical access hospital in the future.

"I know the model will work," Bernstein said. This is a step forward in that process. We still have a long road ahead."

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