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Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park inpatient pediatric at the hospital will close on Nov. 1.
By Dermot Connolly
Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park plans to close its inpatient pediatric unit by Nov. 1.
The Little Company of Mary Sisters and the board of directors at the hospital at 2800 W. 95th St., revealed their intentions in a press release issued Aug. 18. In it, they said that the hospital’s pediatric “sick daycare,” known as the Care Depot, also will close in conjunction with the inpatient unit. Parents were able to drop their sick children off at the Care Depot while they went to work, but a hospital spokesperson this week was unable to say how many families used it.
“This impacts pediatric patients who need to be hospitalized. We will continue to care for pediatric patients who present to our emergency department, Care Stations (urgent care centers) and for outpatient surgery,” said John Hanlon, MD, president and CEO of Little Company of Mary Hospital.
The closure of the 20-bed unit still must be approved by the Illinois Healthcare Facilities and Review Board. But it would not be the first area hospital to follow through with such a move.
In 2017, Chicago-based Mount Sinai Hospital and Amita Health's Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village closed their pediatric inpatient care units.
“For nearly 90 years, Little Company of Mary has fully committed to living our mission and providing compassionate care to all who enter our doors and this will not waver. In light of the fact that we have seen decreasing pediatric hospitalizations, coupled with a dedicated children’s hospital within our same service area, we are discontinuing our pediatric inpatient unit,” said Hanlon, referring to Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. “This pediatric inpatient unit will be utilized to care for the adult population. We remain committed to serving our community well into the future.”
“Our talented team of doctors and nurses at Little Company of Mary remain well-equipped to provide expert care for women with complex pregnancy related needs. Infants who require special attention following birth are cared for with the latest technology in our special care nursery. This Level II nursery has extended capabilities and is a member of the premier University of Chicago Hospital Perinatal Network — with neonatal specialists available 24 hours a day,” he added.
In April, LCM and the Rush hospital system based in Chicago called off plans to merge, without really explaining why. Representatives of the two hospitals simply said the organizations “mutually agreed” to back away from the idea of Rush acquiring Little Company of Mary.