SPRINGFIELD IL (STL.News) Building on efforts to ensure equitable access to healthcare, Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation that provides a path to reopen the Westlake Hospital in Cook County. Senate Bill 168 will expand medical resources and services in the western suburbs, investing in communities that have traditionally had less access to quality care.
“Healthcare is a right, not a privilege and making sure people have equal access to quality healthcare is a top priority for this administration,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Reopening Westlake Hospital is a step toward addressing longstanding disparities in our healthcare system that have left some residents without the medical care they desperately need. I applaud Speaker Welch and Representative Willis for their steadfast commitment to their constituents and residents across the state who have been underserved for far too long.”
“After fighting more than a year to keep Westlake Hospital open, I thank Governor Pritzker for swiftly signing SB 168 into law,” said House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-Westchester). “Because of our quick action, it’s now easier to sell and reopen Westlake Hospital since it meets criteria for serving underserved, low-income communities.”
“So happy to see Westlake back. This will provide healthcare and jobs to this community,” said State Representative Kathleen Willis (D-Northlake).