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Shawnee Health Announces Demolition of Nursing Home and Plans for New Community Health and Wellness Center

November 29, 2023

Shawnee Health is pleased to announce the commencement of the demolition process for the dilapidated building located at 500 S. Lewis Lane in Carbondale. The demolition marks an important milestone in the organization’s vision to create a new community health and wellness center that will bring numerous benefits to the Carbondale community.

The existing structure was once a nursing home that has sat vacant over the last 15 years. The building could be a hazard to the public and is an eyesore to the community. Shawnee Health is excited to take an active step in cleaning up the neighborhood as well as bringing new beneficial programs to the community.

The new community health and wellness center will house new programs aimed at addressing social determinants of health, providing resources and support to improve overall well-being. Additionally, the center will enhance access to social services, allowing individuals to receive comprehensive and coordinated care.

One exciting feature of the new center is the inclusion of a community garden, which will provide fresh produce and promote healthy eating habits within the community. Community wellness programs will also be offered, encouraging individuals to engage in physical activity and adopt healthier lifestyles.

“We are thrilled to further enhance our integrated health and community services project at our Carbondale campus,” said Christina Carney, CEO of Shawnee Health. “The funding received through Senator Tammy Duckworth, as Congressionally Directed Spending, will allow us to expand services in Carbondale, Illinois, and help bridge the gap community members face when trying to access community-based and social services.”

The demolition process is expected to be completed within the next 60 days. As the demolition occurs, debris will be sorted, and appropriate recycling procedures will be implemented to ensure limited ecological impact.

Construction of the new community health and wellness center is slated for completion in Fall 2025. This state-of-the-art facility will bring together a range of services under one roof, fostering a collaborative and holistic approach to community health.

The Shawnee Health team is grateful for the opportunity to create a dedicated space that will positively impact the lives of community members and residents in the neighborhood. For more information or to stay updated on the progress of the project, visit Shawnee Health’s website at

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