New Jane Todd Crawford Hospital coming in 2022
March 04, 2021
Groundbreaking: Construction begins on new Jane Todd Crawford Hospital
It may have been dreary and raining outside, but the mood was bright and sunny inside the large tent set up on Industrial Park Road as the official groundbreaking was held for a new Jane Todd Crawford Hospital on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.
“We have been looking forward to this day for a long, long time,” said JTCH Administrator/CEO Rusty Tungate to the estimated 150 gathered for the occasion. “We have planned and we have saved, and we have saved and we have planned.”
A large sign has marked the site of the new hospital for the past 10-plus years. And, depending upon the weather conditions, construction on the facility will begin this week. A completion date is projected at 12-14 months, with the new Jane Todd Crawford Hospital opening in spring or summer of 2022.
The hospital building was designed by JRA Architects of Lexington and will be built by Doster Construction of Birmingham, Ala. The new 25-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) will replace the current facility on Milby Street, which opened on Oct. 29, 1962.
Ruthie Shuffett, Chairman of the JTCH Board of Directors, welcomed the crowd. She noted that she – along with fellow board members Joe Shuffett, Steve Lewis and Valerie Perkins – have been honored to serve as volunteers in service to the local hospital.
“Forbes said that volunteering is a formula for help and happiness,” she said. “So as board members, we are exceedingly happy that our efforts have culminated into this event for Jane Todd Crawford Hospital.”
Shuffett also praised the staff at JTCH for their loyal dedication, and introduced some honored guests, including Brian Smith, a representative from U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie’s office; John Frank, Green County Judge-Executive; John Shuffett, Greensburg Mayor; and Mary Ann Baron, former Green County Judge-Executive. Smith and Shuffett spoke briefly, along with Baron.
Tungate, who was hired as Administrator/CEO in March 2005, said the hospital was “bleeding cash” when he accepted the position.
“I wasn’t even sure how the payroll was going to be met,” he said.
Steps were taken to reverse the situation, eventually leading to recovering $1.7 million through negotiations with vendors and reopening prior cost reports. An additional $2.2 million was then gained by catching up the patient billing process.
“The above steps saved the hospital on the short-term basis, which allowed time to put measures into place for the long-term survival of the hospital, one of which was to convert the hospital to Critical Access Hospital (CAH) licensure status in 2006,” Tungate said.
Tungate gave a brief history on the hospital (see history below), and then offered thanks to all those who have been involved in its history – the board members; Dr. Gary Partin, Medical Director and lead physician at Green County Primary Care; Dr. Shane DeSimone, Chief of Staff; and the late Dr. Kenneth DeSimone, the late Dr. William Shuffett, the late Dr. Robert Shuffett, the late Dr. James Bland, and Dr. Harry Huntsman.
“These physicians had such a hand in making Jane Todd Crawford Hospital into the great facility that it was, and continues to be,” Tungate said. “Our future is truly bright because of their dedication.”
The Administrator also recognized several members of his staff, and thanked representatives from the Casey County Bank in Liberty, who helped JTCH in the lean years.
“My hope is, that 50 years from now, the citizens of Green County will look back on this day and say that we rose to the occasion, we met the challenges, and we did our part,” Tungate said.
History of Jane Todd Crawford Hospital
Oct. 29, 1962 – Jane Todd Crawford Hospital opens
1968 – The McDowell Wing opens
1979 – The McDowell Wing is remodeled
1981 – The ICU is added to the hospital
1987 – Inpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency unit opens
2004 – New lab building opens
2005 – Green County Primary Care converts to Rural Health Clinic status
2006 – JTCH converts to Critical Access Hospital (CAH) licensure status