ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Public hearings are planned later this month about a northern Illinois health system's plans to build a $400 million facility in Rockford.

The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/1UyOACe ) that Rockford Alderman Venita Hervey filed a public hearing request about MercyRockford Health System's plans. The Rockford-based system has filed three applications with the state and says it wants to build a 188-bed hospital to serve northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Public hearings will be Sept. 17. The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board is scheduled to rule on the applications during its meeting Nov. 17.

Under the plan, the existing Rockford Memorial Hospital would still offer care, including an emergency department. However, it would have fewer state-licensed hospital beds.

The plan calls for eliminating 109 state-licensed beds between the two campuses.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com