Empty New Castle hospital to become behavioral health and veterans center

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) – A former hospital building in New Castle is getting a facelift and new purpose a hundred years after it was built.

Anthony Mastrangelo is a U.S. veteran and now the mayor of financially distressed New Castle. He also worked in health care administration for 35 years.

“I ran hospitals. I think that is why I am really excited about this,” he said.

Mastrangelo is excited about a $20 million investment coming to the vacant hospital on New Castle’s south side.

“So you invest that much money, it helps us out — both in the jobs, they have to go someplace,” Mastrangelo said. “So this is good for us. This is growth for the city.”

It originally opened as New Castle Hospital in 1919 and later became St. Francis Hospital in the ’60s. UPMC Jameson bought it in 2007.

Now the building is being sold again to Cardinal Health. The price tag is $25,000.

Plans call for turning it into a behavioral health center, along with dedicating the top two floors to veterans care.

“To bring in business such as this or a service such as this, according to the business plan, you are talking about 300 employees, positions. You are talking about nurses, therapists, that type of thing and they are actually looking for someone to run the veterans program, too,” Mastrangelo said.

The new owners will talk to the New Castle Planning Commission about their plans next Thursday.

They hope to be open by early 2020.

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