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Taylorville Memorial Hospital completes modernization project


TAYLORVILLE — The final phase of a three-year modernization project has been completed at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

The project started in 2018 on a two-story, approximately 97,000-square-foot building that would replace most of the former hospital, a five-story structure built in 1954, on the current hospital campus at 201 E. Pleasant St.

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Phase I, completed in March 2020, was comprised of 25 private patient rooms, outpatient services, therapy services, laboratory, pharmacy, specialty clinic and a central utility plant.

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Phase II, the one just completed, included the demolition of the five-story section of the former hospital, and expansion of the first floor of the new addition to accommodate a hospital kitchen, cafeteria and dining area, as well as administrative offices.

Two items with special meaning for the hospital and the community were saved during the process: a Sacred Heart of Jesus statue, donated to St. Vincent Memorial Hospital (later renamed Taylorville Memorial Hospital) by employees in 1958, is installed in the hospital’s courtyard. Stained-glass windows originally used in the chapel of the former hospital were restored by preservationists with Emil Frei & Associates in St. Louis and have a new home near the cafeteria dining area.

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Taylorville Memorial Hospital joined Memorial Health System in 1995 and operated in co-sponsorship with the Adorers of the Blood of Christ until 2007 when the Sisters transferred sole sponsorship to Memorial Health System.

Contact Valerie Wells at (217) 421-7982. Follow her on Twitter: @modgirlreporter


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