New Mercy medical center to open at South Knoxville Baptist Hospital location

Knoxville (WVLT) - The new Mercy Medical Center will be built in the same location of the current Baptist Hospital.

That announcement was made Wednesday by the Mercy Health Board.

They told Volunteer TV this will be a seamless transition for patients and will continue to serve north Knoxville.

Demolition will soon begin this fall on several of the older buildings on the Baptist Hospital campus. They're getting ready for the construction of the new Mercy Medical Center.

"Very pleased we can still serve that location," CEO of the Metro Division Jeffrey Ashin said.

The board looked at several different sites. They chose Baptist's current location because it provides convenient access for patients, staff and physicians, and many of the same services will be offered to patients.

"Be very seamless for patients very comfortable," Ashin said.

The site has nearly 23 acres. That makes it ideal for the construction of a state-of-the-art hospital.

"State of the art equipment, communication technology, documentation technology, use of computers, paperless systems, and things of that nature," Ashin said.

The new hospital will replace Mercy's two existing downtown hospitals, St. Mary's Medical Center and Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee.

The new hospital, Mercy Medical Center, is expected to open within the next three to five years.

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