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Hospital begins cleaning and restoration of thrift shop following fire

Cleanup measures are underway after a recent fire that damaged a thrift shop at one Metro East hospital.

The fire occurred on April 22 at the HSHS Holy Family Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop at 700 S. Fourth St., Greenville, and the shop has been closed until further notice.

President and CEO Kelly Sager provided the following update on the progress that has been made to the Thrift Shop.

“We appreciate everyone who has been so supportive through this event. We have had a complete assessment done of the damage and completed an inventory of a few salvageable items,” she said. “We are currently having the Thrift Shop safely cleaned by the Woodard Cleaning and Restoration Co. from St. Louis, Mo., who specializes in this type of cleanup.” Woodard began their cleanup this past week and should be completed in the next two weeks.

After cleanup will be the construction phase, which is going out for bid shortly. Following construction, the Thrift Shop will begin restocking inventory. Cleanup, construction and then restocking of the Thrift Shop are anticipated to take 45-60 days, with hopes that the Thrift Shop will be open in early July. An opening date will be confirmed and communicated in the future.

Due to the lack of storage space, the Auxiliary Thrift Shop cannot take donations of any items or clothing at this time. Marian Embry, director of volunteer services, said, “While the Auxiliary truly appreciates the community’s generosity and willingness to help stock the Thrift Shop, we ask that people keep their items they would like to donate at home for the time being until the Thrift Shop is ready to accept donations,” she said. The hospital will make a public announcement when the Thrift Shop is ready to accept donations to restock the shop.

HSHS Holy Family Hospital is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.


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