The steel is up and the concrete is being poured for the new Pekin ProHealth Medical Group building on Pekin’s east side, but another project on hospital property is on hold.

The $16.9 million Pekin ProHealth Medical Group building is located at the corner of Griffin Avenue and Veterans Drive. The three-story building will house 25 Pekin Hospital physicians and nurse practitioners from ProHealth Pediatrics, ProHealth Family Practice and ProHealth Internal Medicine, as well as the nurses and support staff of those practices. The building will also house other medical specialists, a lab and other medicine related offices, said Pekin Hospital CEO Bob Haley. He has not yet pursued new tenants for the building.

The building will open in October, said Haley.

Initially, hospital officials planned to finish the interiors of the first two floors, but bids came in $2 million less than expected, which allowed for the third floor to be completed early.

“We’re making some great progress,” said Haley. “We’ve been fortunate that November was a mild month for us, so we didn’t have snow or any inclement weather during that time.

“We’re almost back on schedule. They should have the roof and all of the concrete poured very shortly. We’ll be able to winterize the building and continue to keep right on working through winter. Costs are OK — not any big overages at this time. We have been very pleased with the builder. We are excited about moving into a brand new location. It will help us deliver health care in Pekin better for many, many years to come.” 

AMT Building

The Advanced Medical Transport building is on hold until spring, said AMT Community Resource Manager Josh Bradshaw. AMT announced in July its intent to lease property from Pekin Hospital in the hospital’s parking lot, west of the complex.

“We’re waiting for Ameren to move the utility (a secondary power line to Pekin Hospital),” said Bradshaw. “Also, we’re not able to proceed ... because it’s too cold to do concrete work.

“We expect to break ground in the spring then, pending the movement of that utility. If the spring is mild, we want to break ground as soon as we possibly can because we had hoped to actually be moved in by now. But the process just took longer than we would have liked it to because there’s so many steps involved and we discovered that this utility needs to be moved. We’re going to go about it in the right way.”

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