KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville says they are seeing more available inpatient beds for patients.
“Our situation has changed,” Sonya Newman, chief nursing officer, said on Wednesday.
"We have seen our patients’ conditions improving, which has allowed for some of them to go home. This has opened up additional beds for patients needing to be admitted.”
Newman continues to stress that the hospital remains fully capable and prepared to care for any individual who comes through its doors.
“Our ability to care for our community has not been impacted by having a higher-than-usual number of hospitalized patients,” she said.
Newman says the hospital is still open for patients and encourages patients with health concerns to continue to rely on the emergency department at Blount Memorial.
"There may be additional wait times for less-emergent illnesses, but that is no reason to avoid seeking medical attention that anyone feels they need. We treat and care for all of our patients as quickly as possible," she said.
"It's not impacted by the number of people needing to be seen," she said.