The Family Y and University announced plans today to take over the 25 acre site and potentially renovate the 60,000-square-foot building which first opened in 1952, once it is vacated for a new $25 million replacement hospital five miles away near Interstate 20. A potential sale of McDuffie Regional to University is pending approval by the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. A public hearing on that sale will be held March 29.
Finding a reuse for the hospital building and grounds had been a major concern for the Hospital Authority of McDuffie County, Chair Bill Doupé said.
“We just did not want an empty box” sitting in downtown, he said. With a successful Y program, Doupé said, “You could see people flocking to that end of town from all over.”
The Family Y currently operates facilities across the street from the hospital in Thomson, Doupé said. University is proposing to operate outpatient services on the site, such as physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation and community education.
“This is to me ideal,” Doupé said. “We wanted University to have a presence here, a presence on that end of town as well.”