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PINCKNEYVILLE — Pinckneyville Community Hospital moved to a new facility at 5383 Illinois 154 in September.

In months since, the old hospital building at 101 N. Walnut St. still sits empty.

CEO Randall Dauby said the hospital board is making progress, but has not reached a decision about what to do with the empty building.

“We are looking at potentially having an online auction of the items we no longer use," he said. "The next step will be going through the building with the auctioneer and looking at what we have available for auction."

The empty building contains some furnishings and equipment that was replaced in the new hospital, such as desks, chairs and lockers. Dauby used the lockers as an example. They could be used for storage in somebody’s garage. They will look at the costs of having an employee remove them versus the liability of having a purchaser remove them.

“We have had our focus on the new building. We saw a few changes that are needed,” Dauby said.

They discovered there was no way to secure the front office area. As a result, the business office is still located at the old family medical center downtown. Dauby said moving the business office to the new hospital will save money.

“As far as demolition, we have talked to a couple companies about costs, but no decision has been made,” Dauby said.

Dauby stressed that finishing work on a few things at the new building has taken priority over disposing of the old hospital, but they are making progress on both.

The board was asked by George Culley in October to donate the old building to Least of the Brethren Ministries for use as a soup kitchen and homeless shelter. At that time, Dauby said the board could not decide the fate of the old building until completing certain steps in due diligence. They are progressing toward that decision. 


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