Oak Forest Hospital changes to health center

September 1, 2011 2:44:51 PM PDT
Oak Forest Hospital officially becomes Oak Forest Health Center Thursday.

The change means that the suburban Cook County facility will no longer admit patients for long-term care. Instead, the hospital is becoming a regional health center offering outpatient services.

The new facility will include a 24-hour immediate care center and offer access to primary care doctors, screenings and diagnostic testing. Officials say turning the under-used hospital to an outpatient center will save the county money and provide better service.

Patients who need to be hospitalized will be transferred to Cook County's Stroger Hospital, Provident Hospital or other neighboring private facilities.

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