CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -
A historic hospital in eastern Iowa is set to move locations after more than 100 years.
Sartori Memorial Hospital is planning to move within the city of Cedar Falls. It has been in its current location for 101 years, at 515 College St. Neighbors in the area say its an anchor to the neighborhood, and they're sad to see it move.
Lisa Edeker has lived across the street from Sartori Hospital for 10 years. For Edeker, Sartori is more than just brick and mortar.
"My child was born there, I mean it's just a mainstay of where I grew up at."
Her grandchildren now play at the Sartori Park, along with David Shepek's grandchildren; Shepek also lives across the street.
"It's great, it's the anchor of our neighborhood. It's called Sartori Park, what are we going to call it now, the nothing park? This is just, I don't see why," Shepek said.
One reason for the move - expansion. According to Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare President Jack Dusenbery, the hospital can't grow in its current location.
They're looking to relocate to the northeast corner of Greenhill and Hudson Rd. The hospital doesn't own the land yet, but hopes to buy the 50 acres there. Sartori sees roughly 10,000 ER visits each year, so Dusenbery wants more operating rooms, and simply more space.
Neighbors, though, see it differently. They say after 101 years, it's an important part of their neighborhood, and are not looking forward to demolition day.
Leslie Hospitality owner Edwin Leslie says he doesn't have anything to hide, and to prove it he invited the public to view all of the documents, emails, agreements, and financial statements related to the deal at a public meeting this morning.