The decrepit Monsour Medical Center in Jeannette, Pennsylvania was demolished last month. Founded in 1952 as a roadside clinic in “Senator Brown’s Mansion” along U.S. Route 30, the hospital had been in dire financial straits since 1980 when it initially filed for bankruptcy protection. After becoming insolvent four other times and being cited for poor regulatory practices, Monsour Medical Center closed in March 2006.
For the ten years that followed, the abandoned hulk in Jeannette was torched and vandalized to no end. Inside lay hundreds of used needles and patient documents.
Frustrated by failed attempts to have the Monsour family demolish the deteriorated and abandoned hospital, the city of Jeannette and Westmoreland County signed an agreement of cooperation to work together to secure and begin razing of the Monsour Medical Center in December 2013. The county applied for a $1 million state grant to tear down Monsour in January 2014 and began making moves to gain ownership of the property through a “free and clear” sale held by a county judge by notifying lien holders of their intent.
The city obtained some private funding via the Neighborhood Partnership Program and began demolition of two dilapidated houses near the former hospital in late January 2014. The hospital itself was knocked down over a period of two days beginning on February 23, 2016.