PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KFVS) - The ribbon is cut, and the wait is almost over for many in Illinois who have been waiting for the new hospital in Pinckneyville, Ill. for nearly 12 years.
Hundreds in Perry County toured the brand new Pinckneyville Community Hospital Saturday afternoon, and witnessed a ribbon cutting which administrators say signifies the fast-approaching end of the project.
“All we're waiting on right now is the final state inspections,” explained hospital CEO Tom Hudgens. “Once they give us the green light, we can start moving in.”
A steady line of onlookers leaked into the parking lot of the main entrance around an hour before the ribbon cutting ceremony began.
Many of those residents say they look forward to the new facility, four new doctors, and several other positions and benefits administrators say will come bundled with the end of construction.
“We're going to have new doctors!” exclaimed area resident Jennifer Wright, “I have two young children, so this makes me feel safe and secure that I know I have a new hospital I can bring by family to if needed.”
“The old building had a lot of structural issues,” Hudgens said. “In some point in time, [those issues,] actually had the ability to shut the hospital down.”
Ground was broken a year late on the $31 million project, and weather added to further delays brought on by budget battles in both Washington D.C., and Springfield over the past few years.
For years, many services that will be offered in the new facility could only be found in cities more than 45 minutes away.
“Keep the jobs in the community,” Hudgens said. “Our payroll is over $8 million. Most of that is here in Pinckneyville, or certainly in Perry County.”
The move from the old building to the new one is expected to take place in late July of 2015.