Pipeline Health, Seeking To Close Westlake May 3, Must Wait, Judge Says

Friday, May 3, 2019 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

Just a few days after the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted 7-0 to allow California-based Pipeline Health to close Westlake Hospital, 1225 W. Lake St. in Melrose Park, a Cook County Circuit Court judge has intervened.

On Friday, a Cook County Circuit Court judge entered a temporary restraining order prohibiting Pipeline Health from essentially shutting the nearly century-old hospital down.

Crain’s Chicago Business reported on Friday that it had obtained a memo in which Westlake CEO Joseph Ottolino told staff on Thursday that Westlake would cease providing services by 4 p.m. on Friday.

“All current inpatients are to be discharged when clinically appropriate or transferred to another health care facility before the closure date and time noted above,” the memo states.

Crain’s added that the memo “did not note what would happen to patients who could not be safely discharged or moved prior to 4 p.m.”

Judge Anna Loftus ordered Pipeline to wait at least until 5 p.m. on May 7 before closing.

Crain’s quotes from Pipeline’s written opposition to the emergency motion:

“Forcing the hospital to operate under suboptimal conditions would clearly violate public policy and the purpose of the Planning Act,” the company’s attorneys argued. VFP

Read the full Crain’s report here.

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