Demolition underway at UMWA hospital

The original wooden structure that served as the first United Mine Workers of America Hospital in West Frankfort is quickly coming down. Construction crews are demolishing the aged original section of the hospital.
In the years following the use of that portion of the building a modern wing- the “John Bowen Wing” – was built to update the facility. The entire campus was closed by Southern Illinois Healthcare more than a decade ago.
The newer portion of the hospital was demolished a year ago, leaving a large vacant lot. Demolition of the final, oldest portion of the hospital will clear the land for development.
The city of West Frankfort approved a payment to acquire the land as to more closely manage the potential sale to a private concern. Mayor Tom Jordan has offered an opinion that he would like to see the land eventually host medical concerns to maximize its proximity to nearby doctor offices and two pharmacies.
— Bruce A. Fasol
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