Scott County hospital on course to reopen in July

By: Conroy Delouche Email
By: Conroy Delouche Email

SCOTT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) Scott County's hospital is getting ready to make a comeback after massive layoffs and a total shutdown.

The paperwork for Pioneer Health Services to acquire the hospital is on the desk of the Attorney General.

"And at the light at the end of the tunnel, there's not a freight train coming at me anymore. It's the true end of the process," said Mayor Jeff Tibbals.

One year ago, the then-St. Mary's Hospital shut its doors.

While they are still locked and tarps are still covering the signs, but now there is an end in sight.
After June 6, Pioneer should take over.

"One of the first thing Pioneer will be doing when they open their doors up is the lab services will be open. So that will help. As far as timeframes for people getting chemotherapy and those kind of things, they'll still be able to benefit immediately from the hospital being reopened," said Mayor Tibbals.

Pioneer will hire 25 employees when the hospital reopens: among them, doctors, registered nurses, lab technicians.

But one wing will remain closed, the ER.

"They're not taking emergency patients until they receive their critical access hospital designation, which is two provider number filings," said Mayor Tibbals.

"Five minutes and 30 minutes is a big difference when you're injured," said Donika Terry.

Terry with Brimstone Recreation says a hospital would be beneficial for events like this weekend's ATV festival.

Right now, they have to arrange to have first responders on hand in case of emergency. So, she's happy to hear the hospital will soon be back.

"Just adding it to the unemployment here. I mean so many people looking for work once again. It's definitely uplifting to know that it's going to open back up and a lot of people are going to go back to work here," said Terry.

More than 300 people picked up applications, which are available at the Mayor's office and online.

The hospital is on course to open at the beginning of July.

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