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After South Side Hospital Merger Fails, Trinity Health Pursuing Plan To Open Oakland Urgent Care Center

The proposed Mercy Care Center could provide outpatient care to around 65,000 patients a year, serving the same South Side neighborhoods as Mercy Hospital.

The proposed Mercy Care Center would be housed in the Mercy Health Center building in the Oakwood Shores complex.
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OAKLAND — A new urgent care health center is being proposed in Oakland, seeking to help fill an impending healthcare void left behind by next year’s closing of Mercy Hospital and a failed effort to consolidate South Side health providers.

Trinity Health Corporation is seeking to establish the Mercy Care Center, taking over the Mercy Family Health Center site at 3753 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Mercy Care would offer walk-in care focusing on minor illnesses and injuries for patients without insurance, or using Medicare and Medicaid. It would provide urgent care, diagnostic services and care coordination for up to 65,000 patients a year, focusing on the same South Side residents served by Mercy Hospital about two miles north in Bronzeville.

Trinity’s certificate of need application was filed with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board on Nov. 9. Should the state board green light the $13.1 million project by the end of the year, Trinity officials expect to complete the work by September 2021.

The move comes several months after Mercy Hospital announced it would be closing in 2021 after a proposed $1 billion merger between Mercy, Advocate Trinity, South Shore Hospital, and St. Bernard Hospital fell through due to a lack of funding from the state legislature.

The new facility would include an imaging center with MRI, X-ray, CT scan and ultrasound machines; and an urgent care division with five exam rooms and an X-ray unit. The urgent care side will also be equipped with point-of-care testing for illnesses such as flu and strep throat.

Funding for the project would come from Trinity’s own cash and assets, according to the application.

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