Today Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama granted an emergency motion filed by Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx to intervene in the Village of Melrose Park’s legal action against private investor owners seeking to shut down Westlake Hospital.
The State’s Attorney’s motion, filed on April 19, 2019, was in response to a previous Illinois Appellate Court order holding that the Village of Melrose Park lacked standing to seek a temporary restraining order preventing the hospital from shutting down.
At today’s hearing, Judge Valderrama entered a new order, which was agreed to by Westlake’s owners, that will keep Westlake open through the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board hearing on April 30, 2019.
The State’s Attorney joined the case to maintain the status quo at Westlake until it can be ensured that the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act is followed.
“As we continue to stand with the patients and the staff of Westlake, and the community it serves, we are pleased with the Court’s ruling today,” said Foxx. “The State’s Attorney’s Office will continue to take all appropriate measures to ensure that the law is followed in this matter.”