(b) After the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General
Assembly, no person, facility, or entity shall hold itself out to the public as
an "urgent", "urgi-", "emergi-", or "emergent" care center or use any similar
term, as defined by rule,
that would give the impression
that emergency medical treatment is
provided by the person or entity or at the facility unless the facility is the
emergency room of a
facility licensed as a hospital under the Hospital Licensing Act or a facility
licensed as a freestanding emergency center under the Emergency Medical
Services (EMS) Systems Act.
(c) Violation of this Section constitutes a business offense with a minimum
fine of $5,000 plus $1,000 per day for a continuing violation, with a maximum
(d) The Director of Public Health in the name of the people of the State,
through the Attorney General, may bring an action for an injunction or to
violation of this Section or the rules adopted pursuant to this Section or to
enjoin the future operation or maintenance of any facility in violation of this
Section or the rules adopted pursuant to this Section.
(e) The Department of Public Health shall adopt rules necessary for the
implementation of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 93-540, eff. 8-18-03.)