Chilton County Looks to Build New Hospital

May 15, 2013

Chilton County commissioners and the Clanton hospital board met Tuesday to explore funding methods for a new hospital.

   The commission has raised $1 million that they thought would work to reopen the hospital that closed seven months ago. When that was deemed unfeasible, they looked toward building a new facility.

   Chilton County residents are frustrated about the length time they must do without a local medical center.

   Commissioner Alan Caton estimated the cost of a new hospital will be about $16 million. As county and hospital leaders meet about the idea, people in the community say they are suffering. Many having to drive up to an hour for emergency care.

   WBRC reported that it would cost $1 million to just bring the old hospital up to code.