Genesis holds ribbon cutting for $12 million renovation

Robert Blackford/Editor
Don Johnson cuts the ribbon to the new $12 million renovation at Genesis Medical Center, Aledo.

Genesis Medical Center, Aledo held an open house Tuesday, May 12 to introduce the public to its newly modernized hospital. A total of $12 million was spent on upgrading several areas of the facility.

"The hospital was outdated and our renovation has created a brand new facility as wells a modern focus," said administrator Ted Rogalski. "Consistent with a shift of healthcare away from inpatient to outpatient services, we modified the original plan to place significant attention to these areas during the project."

"Complete demolition and rebuilding of outpatient serves was a priority, resulting in expanded operating rooms, physical therapy, emergency department, laboratory and radiology to accommodate the changing needs of our patients."

Rogalski added, "We knew that our deficiencies in Illinois Department of Public Health Inspections were primarily related to infrastructure. Therefore a large portion of the dollars for this project went to upgrades of HVAC, ductwork, electrical service, plumbing and the sprinkler system throughout the hospital.

At the completion of the 20 month project, we touched every square foot of the building. All of the flooring and ceilings were replaced and every wall painted."

"We are still focused on growth, getting the right specialists in here."

The partnership between Mercer County Hospital and Genesis Health System began in 2009 under a management agreement to oversee daily operations. Mercer County Nursing Home secured a management agreement with Genesis Health System in 2011. After a successful public referendum in 2012, The Mercer County Board approved the sale of the facilities to Genesis in 2013.

President/CEO of Genesis Doug Cropper spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony. "Six or seven years ago we started this relationship. We wanted to get together and do what's right. After a $12 million investment we have a state-of-the-art healthcare facility - a gift for the whole community."

Rogalski spoke about the Mercer Foundation For Health raising $800,000 toward the renovation.

Don Johnson, the chairman of the hospital's board of directors, spoke about spending 13 years as chairman of the board. He noted that he was still happy with the decision to partner with Genesis over the sale of the hospital. "I couldn't be happier."