Groundbreaking at Pinckneyville Hospital

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By Sam Jones
By Ben Jeffords

PERRY COUNTY -- Monday marked the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Pinckneyville Hospital, a project 11 years in the making.

The biggest obstacle has been funding the multi-million dollar project.
When the economy took a dive in 2008, so did the plans.

"Thought it was going to move quicker. Sometimes you get tested
along the way," said hospital CEO Tom Hudgins.

Hudgins has led the project from the start. Now the efforts are coming to fruition at White Walnut Road and Route 154, on the east side of Pinckneyville.

The new 30 million dollar facility is mainly funded by a federal grant.
It will have 17 beds, five fewer than the old Pinckneyville hospital.
Hudgins says there will be more than enough room to treat patients.

Construction crews will start their work by the end of October.

The new hospital should be ready for patients in a little more than a year.

The current hospital, located in downtown Pinckneyville, is nearly 50 years old. Administrators felt that money that would be used to repair the facility would be better spent on a new hospital.

The plan is to demolish the old building after operations are moved to the new Pinckneyville hospital.
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