Progress on New Pinckneyville Hospital


By Craig Choate

PINCKNEYVILLE -- The state of the art facility is scheduled to be finished next spring, although a little later than first planned.

With drills and saws buzzing, a lot of progress has been made in recent months on the new Pinckneyville Community Hospital.
"Right now we're in the process of pumping light weight concrete on the roof and also we're getting ready to start interior framing," says Jimmy Hunter.
The Robin & Morton Superintendent says the facility is needed in Pinckneyville.
"They're in desperate need, I think that the existing facility is well kept but this will be like moving into a mansion," Hunter says.
Pinckneyville Community Hospital CEO Tom Hudgins says the community is excited for something new.
"A lot of these people that are working here, they grew up here, this is their town and this is their hospital and they're looking forward to having a facility that will allow them to really continue to take care of people going forward."
Construction began early this year but with the harsh spring, contractors lost a number of days.
"We had a lot of rain outs in the month of April, a little bit in February, a few more days in March, and we lost about 8 days in April." says Hunter.
The rain delayed the progress slightly but Hudgins and Hunter say completion has been pushed back from mid-April to mid-May. For now it's all about getting the exterior finished before winter returns.
Hunter said "We're gunna start brick, exterior brick will start next week, then we'll follow by eaves and that's sealing the exterior."
Their goal is to have the exterior completed in mid-October. Hudgins says the plan is to move patients and staff into the new hospital by early July 2015.


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