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Created on Tuesday, 21 December 2010 15:39
Plans include all-private patient rooms, a dedicated women's center
CRYSTAL LAKE – Centegra Health System announced its vision for increasing access to healthcare in Southern McHenry County and Northern Kane County. The vision includes a new full-service acute-care hospital at Haligus Road and Reed Road on Centegra's existing healthcare campus in Huntley.
Centegra plans to submit a Certificate of Need with the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board to build a 360,000 square-foot, 128-bed facility named Centegra Hospital-Huntley. Centegra purchased the land in Huntley four years ago and has created a strong, long-term plan for responsible development of the 385 Millennium Drive
"Additional services are needed in the Huntley community and Centegra is the health system best-suited to provide these services," said Centegra Chief Executive Officer Michael S. Eesley. "Although we brought outpatient and physician services to southern McHenry County, the area remains medically underserved. In fact, state data shows that because of population growth, this region is one of the few areas in Illinois that is in need of inpatient beds."
This $233 million project is a demonstration of Centegra's continued commitment to providing access to high-quality healthcare, from wellness services to comprehensive medical care, for the residents of the region. Centegra will pay for the hospital through a combination of cash and bonding.
The hospital would include state-of-the-art technology, private patient rooms and a bright and airy architectural design intended to facilitate wellness and recovery. Other features include a full-service emergency department, Level II nursery, non-invasive cardiology services, a dedicated Women's Center and a helipad for transporting patients with the most critical needs.
Centegra Health System will collaborate with the Village of Huntley to provide convenient healthcare services with a strong focus on customer service to the greater Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Carpentersville, Lakewood and southern Crystal Lake communities.
The project is a significant one for the community and will require approval by the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board through its Certificate of Need process. The anticipated completion date for the hospital is 2016.
In addition to needed healthcare services, the project would deliver welcome new jobs and revenue to McHenry County. It is estimated that more than 800 construction jobs will be created with this project, having a total economic impact of $152 million on area communities. An additional $45 million would be generated in professional salaries and medical equipment and furnishings. Centegra Health System expects to employ an additional 1,100 Associates due to the new hospital.
"As the largest healthcare provider in McHenry County, it is our responsibility to always look for ways to improve the care we provide to those who rely on us," Eesley said. "We are invested in this region and we are excited to play an active role in its growth in the years to come."
For more information on the new Centegra Hospital-Huntley and to view architectural renderings, visit centegrahospitalhuntley.org.
Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Primary Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and more. As the region's leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information on Centegra Health System visit centegra.org, Facebook, or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).
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Created on Monday, 15 November 2010 14:54
CHROMA CORPORATION - 3900 W. Dayton Street - McHenry, IL 60050
Chroma's Biodegradable master batch for Thermoplastic polyolefin receives ASTM D6954 Certification
McHenry, IL, November 16, 2010– Chroma Corporation introduces its new line of biodegradable masterbatches that allows processors to make standard polypropylene and polyethylene biodegradable. They also have a product for PET bottles and sheet. The products are FDA sanctioned and RoHS directive compliant. The products are ASTM D6954 Certified by the SP Institute of Sweden which emphatically and unequivocally proves products made with this additive are completely biodegradable. The concentrate passed all three tiers of the test which include degradation, biodegradation, and eco-toxicity.
But can it be recycled? Yes, Chroma has received a report from the Canadian government affiliate, Recyc-Quebec that shows products made with this masterbatch do not contaminate the recycled resin stream, as products made with PLA resins do!
This new technology initiates a natural process in polypropylene and polyethylene to return the plastic back to nature. “The advantage of Chroma’s new concentrate is that processors of typical PP and PE resin can now offer biodegradable products. The shelf life of the product can be controlled by the amount of concentrate they use. This product allows plastics that have the biodegradable additive to also be recycled without causing damage to the recycled resin stream, which the PLA resins can cause. Unlike PLA resins, this product can be used in standard tooling, offers enhanced physical properties and at a much lower overall costs”, says Stuart Swain, Chroma’s Director of Sales and Marketing.
In terms of processing, it works well in both conventional and high-speed thin wall injection molding, sheet extrusion, blow molding and blown film. The product was designed for use in food packaging, closures, blow molded bottles, disposable thin wall containers, blown film and other applications. This product can also be added with Chroma’s color concentrates, which will have little to no effect on the degradation process.
The new concentrate is designed to lower the molecular weight of the polymer compounds to allow quicker oxidative bonding. Uses naturally occurring elements, such as sunlight or heat and oxygen to initiate the oxidative degradation of high molecular weight polymer chains into low molecular weight compounds that can be further aerobically degraded in the natural environment to produce water, carbon dioxide and biomass.
"Consumer companies are looking for products and packaging that are good for the environment,” says Mir Ali, Chroma’s Director of Technology. "Our new FDA sanctioned biodegradable masterbatch product line allows companies to offer products that are biodegradable, but can also be recycled. This is a flexible cost efficient masterbatch”.
The use of different use rates, typically between 1 and 4 percent, allows processors to control the shelf life of their products. A new PET formula is also available for PET bottles, sheet for blister packaging, etc.
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Created on Friday, 05 November 2010 11:01
Thanks to Stewart Swain of Chroma Corporation for sharing this press release!
Photoluminescent Safety Association Elects New Officers at 2010 Annual Business Meeting
Arlington, VA, October 25, 2010— The Photoluminescent Safety Association has elected two new board members and new officers at its 2010 Annual Business Meeting, held September 22 at the Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites Hotel. The new directors are Joe Bloomfield, GlowZone Inc., returning for a second term, and Al Carlson, with Jessup Manufacturing Company, McHenry, IL who was a founding board member.
The following are the officers for the coming year:
Read more: Congratulations to Jessup Manufacturing Company's Al Carlson!