updated: 11/11/2010 8:36:08 PM

Doctors Give Hospital New Life

InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report

The city of Huntingburg is planning to hold a job fair to help fill positions at the new St. Joseph's hospital. A group of Louisville-area doctors has purchased the property for $4 million with a three-phase plan for reopening the facility as a mental health hospital. The first phase is expected to be a counseling center, involving approximately 50 beds and up to 100 workers.

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City officials tell Inside INdiana Business the other phases involve a potential center dedicated to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a specialty center based on coummnity demand.

The first two sections of the facility are expected to employ 150.

Officals also say hiring preference will be given to former employees of the old St. Joe's facility, which shut down more than three years ago.

A date for the job fair has not been set.

From our partners at WITZ AM/FM in Jasper:

THEY ARE LOOKING TO FILL AN ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION RIGHT AWAY. SINCE THE HOSPITAL DOES NOT YET HAVE THE PERSONNEL TO HANDLE APPLICATIONS AND HIRING, THE CITY OF HUNTINGBURG HAS OFFERED TO ACCEPT RESUMES UNTIL A HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT IS ESTABLISHED. YOU CAN DROP OFF A RESUME AT THE CITY OF HUNTINGBURG OFFICES OR CALL THE OFFICE AT 683-2211.

Source: Inside INdiana Business, WITZ Radio

November 11, 2010

News Release

HUNTINGBURG, IN (Nov. 11, 2010) – A vacant hospital facility located in Huntingburg will soon find a new life as a mental health hospital. A group of five physicians have purchased the facility for the new venture, which will create 50-100 new jobs and new investment of approximately $4,000,000.

The jobs created will include professionals in the medical field as well as medical records clerks, human resource specialists and maintenance and security workers. For every job created inside the hospital, it is estimated two new jobs will be created within the community.

Located on a 22-acre site in Huntingburg, the facility has been empty since 2007 when St. Joseph’s vacated the property. The new mental hospital and the additional investment will increase the property tax base of the City of Huntingburg.

The projected opening for Phase 1 of the project is April-May, 2011. Two additional phases are planned, but details will be determined in the future.

“Huntingburg has experienced tremendous community support for this project,” stated Mayor Marvin Belcher. “We have already received hundreds of inquiries at the City about the new jobs that will be created.”

Doctors Ijaz Mahmood, Mohammad Wasim Jajid, Maqbool Ahmed and Sohail Quader along with financial planner Shazia Mahmood formed a limited liability corporation to purchase the vacant facility. Huntingburg is dedicated to revitalizing the facility. The City committed $50,000 of economic development income tax (EDIT) funds to the project which is tied to the company’s investment and job creation commitments.

Source: City of Huntingbug

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