CHA Completes Purchase of Shuttered Muhlenberg Hospital

Community Healthcare Associates (CHA) completes its purchase of the long-shuttered Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield. The company, which specializes in revitalizing healthcare facilities, will spend $56 million renovating the 186,000 square-foot arts complex. A 120-unit luxury residential apartment is also planned at the site.

Muhlenberg Hospital closed its doors in 2008. At its peak in the 1990s, the hospital contained 355 hospital beds. With nearly 1,100 employees, the hospital was Plainfield’s largest employer and it operated as a voluntary non-profit, community teaching medical center.

After a public RFP process that prioritized bringing healthcare services back to the citizens of Plainfield, CHA was ultimately selected as the redeveloper to bring the hospital back to life.

The project will create some 600 permanent jobs and 200 construction jobs. Healthcare services at the site may include: primary and specialty care, a women’s health center, a diagnostic laboratory, an ambulatory surgical center, a pharmacy, a sleep center, a breast center, oncology, diabetes counseling, behavioral health, a home healthcare agency and physical therapy.

The City of Plainfield will receive $10 million in the form of Community Benefits Payments and PILOT payments from CHA.

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