By Kaylee Lindenmuth
FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - A former hospital in our area is once again up for sale.
The 20.7 acre former Saint Catherine Medical Center complex in Fountain Springs has been listed for sale by Bennett Williams Properties for a hefty price of $1.5 Million.
The hospital sits upon the site of the first hospital in Schuylkill County, a direct descendant of the State Hospital for Injured Persons of the Anthracite Coal Region built in the 1800s.
The hospital became the Ashland State General Hospital, and in 1967, the current six-story building was constructed. In 1992, it came under local ownership, as the Ashland Regional Medical Center, and, after filing for bankruptcy in 2001, a Tennessee group took ownership.
In 2006, Saint Catherine Hospital of Pennsylvania, LLC, purchased the property, which became Saint Catherine Medical Center at Fountain Springs. In 2012, the hospital closed, and the building has sat vacant since.
According to Bennett Williams, "starting in 2015, major infrastructure upgrades were performed, including the installment of a state of the art boiler system, new roofing, completed remediation programs, sprinkler preparation, and much, much more."
"There are many unique features to this building that are adaptable and usable for even the most modern configurations, including the possibility of another hospital user, or similar institutional occupant," the company adds in its listing.
Also included in the sale are three outbuildings and a helipad.