- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

STREATOR, Ill. (AP) - A hospital in north-central Illinois is shutting its inpatient services and reopening as an all-hours urgent care center.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports (https://bit.ly/1Uqrmtv ) that some residents of Streator are unhappy St. Mary’s Hospital is closing Monday. They worry hospitals in the nearby communities of Ottawa and Pontiac are too far away.

State regulators approved the closure in November. Springfield-based Hospital Sisters Health System requested permission to close the hospital because of declining patient admissions.

HSHS gave the facilities to Peoria-based OSF Healthcare System. OSF is owned and operated by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. It runs 11 hospitals, two colleges of nursing, a doctors group and a network of home health services.

OSF has hired 65 percent of the St. Mary’s employees.

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Information from: The Pantagraph, https://www.pantagraph.com

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