LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Marymount Hospital rests abreast Ninth Street in London, awaiting demolition. Since Saint Joseph-London opened in August 2010, the old hospital has been up for sale but has had no takers.
Representatives from Saint Joseph-London promised the community Marymount would not be left to fall into ruin, but since potential buyers were more interested in the land than the building itself, administrators believe the best course of action is demolition.
Security officers have been keeping watch over the building 24/7 since it’s official closing date, and maintenance as well as electrical, heating and cooling costs have become quite expensive.
Demolition is expected to begin inside the building at the end of December after removal of all salvageable materials and equipment. Non-profit Supplies Over Seas salvaged health care equipment last week to distribute to approximately 90 countries around the world. This effort not only helps countries who do not have access to medical supplies but also keeps tons of waste from entering landfills, said Sharon Hershberger, Saint Joseph-London public affairs director.
Last week, greenery was also sold to the public. However, one special piece of greenery will not be sold. The five-foot dogwood tree, donated by St. Joseph’s Hospital located in Parkersburg, W.Va., in memory of the late Linda Culp, former Marymount CEO, will be re-planted in Saint Joseph-London’s healing garden.
“We saved some of her ashes, and were able to plant them in the root of the tree, so it has meaning to a lot of us,” Hershberger said.
By late spring 2012, the building will be removed and will be offered as a site for sale to all interested parties once again. Adams Management has been contracted to oversee the project and bids for demolition.
“It was a very difficult decision but I feel like it was one we had to make,” Hershberger said. “We have changed names and locations over the past 85 years but the work of Dr. Pennington, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Marymount and Saint Joseph-London continues each day,” Hershberger said.