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Heavily damaged Sumter Regional will be torn down

August 14, 2007

Americus-  The wrecking ball will fall on Sumter Regional Hospital. 

The hospital negotiated with its insurance company for five months about what to do with the building that was ripped apart by that March first tornado. 

This security camera video shows what the hospital endured that night when it took a direct hit.  Walls were blown out, offices collapsed, and the building has remained that way.  Chubb Insurance finally reached an agreement with Sumter Regional to tear down the hospital and build an entirely new facility. The agreement paves the way to begin the asbestos abatement bidding and demolition of the hospital.  That demolition could begin as early as October.

Right now, the hospital is operating out of a temporary facility while FEMA builds an interim hospital.

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