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CoxHealth donating former Monett hospital to Life360 action arm

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When CoxHealth opened its newly constructed $42 million Monett hospital in January, the future of the former health care center building was up in the air.

Now, CoxHealth announced it’s donating the building to Life360 Community Services, the action arm of Life360 Church, according to a news release. CoxHealth spokesperson Kaitlyn McConnell said the roughly 100,000-square-foot hospital and about 9,000 square feet of additional buildings have a nondepreciated asset value of around $3.2 million.

“We have great affection for our former hospital and are grateful for the many lives it was able to serve throughout its history,” said Darren Bass, president of Cox Monett Hospital, in the release. “This transition is something we are very excited about, especially since it means the facility will continue to serve our friends and neighbors and make a difference here in Monett.”

Life360 Community Services intends to use the former hospital for mental health, foster care, crisis pregnancy, nutrition, and youth and child care services. The plans include an on-site preschool, as well as a community meeting space.

The property is expected to be transferred to the organization in August, according to the release. The hospital was built in 1953 and served patients until January.

“We are excited to partner with the Monett community to see this facility into its next chapter,” said Ted Cederblom, CEO of Life360 Community Services, in the release. “We look forward to the many partnerships that will benefit our neighbors in Monett.”

Life360 Community Services last year leased a former Price Cutter building at 1901 E. Division St. to serve as its operations center and as a community hub. The nonprofit's services include affordable housing, such as the Y Gardens apartment complex in Springfield for low-income families and individuals, as well as youth aging out of the foster care system.

In Monett, CoxHealth's new hospital spans 102,000 square feet. J.E. Dunn Construction Group Inc. served as general contractor for the project designed by Overland Park, Kansas-based BSA LifeStructures Inc.

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