Huntsville Hospital poised to demolish Hartselle Medical Center building

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HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Hartselle Medical Center Hospital closed a number of years ago. That's when Huntsville Hospital bought it leaving some to hope they might eventually reopen the facility. But now, it appears the hospital may be torn down.

A spokesperson for the Huntsville Hospital System confirms it's now considering the demolition of Hartselle's Medical Center Hospital. Huntsville Hospital bought the facility a little more than two years ago, right after it closed, saying even then it was no longer viable as a full-service hospital. Spokesperson Leigh Hays tells WHNT News 19 it costs the system approximately $34,000 a month for the facility to sit like it is.

"I've talked with the folks at Huntsville Hospital about the possibility of locating several doctors in there with imaging equipment, physical therapy and that kind of thing but they just felt like it was not a viable option for them," says Hartselle Mayor Don Hall. An emergency care facility of some type in Hartselle has been a goal of his since before his election.

Hall says there was talk of the city and school system making use of the facility, but even that was cost prohibitive. He says the 90-thousand square foot facility is simply too expensive to maintain, and he says it will be sad to see it go.

"What they're going to do is take the remaining equipment out of it that's usable, and I've been told that in the late fall or early winter they'll turn the utilities off and make preps to start demolition maybe sometime next year," Hall said.

The Huntsville Hospital spokesperson says no definitive plans have yet been made for the property. Huntsville Hospital purchased the site for some $1.3 million dollars in 2012. That deal was announced within a month of when previous owners Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tennessee, closed the facility.