Officials Blast Company For Closing Blue Island Hospital

Rob Hart
October 10, 2019 - 3:45 pm

Congressman Bobby Rush speaks at a news conference outside Metro South Medical Center. (WBBM Newsradio/Rob Hart)


BLUE ISLAND (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Congressman Bobby Rush and other south suburban elected officials are calling on Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul to investigate the decision to suspend operations at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island.

The hospital ceased operations at the end of last month, despite the fact that state regulators had voted to delay consideration of the application to close until late October.

Parent company Quorum Health said it would shut down MetroSouth if a buyer wasn't found by Sept. 30. 

Mayors in neighboring towns say Metro South provided essential health care services in the region and that patients will suffer due to longer wait times at existing hospitals.

"What's going to happen when Johnny falls and hurts himself and all of a sudden he's not going to be able to come up  …  It's not going to work," Calumet Park Mayor Ronald Denson said Thursday.

Illinois state Rep. Bob Rita said it's possible that more small hospitals will close across Illinois. Deals may be in the works for a buyer to purchase the MetroSouth property.