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Certificate of need approved for Unicoi County Memorial Hospital replacement facility
ERWIN, Tenn. – As part of the ongoing work toward opening a replacement facility for Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, Mountain States Health Alliance received permission from the state of Tennessee to proceed with the project via a certificate of need (CON).
The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency granted the CON in December. A certificate of need is a state permit for the establishment or modification of a health care institution, facility, or service at a designated location.
“We are pleased to reach this milestone and receive affirmation from the state of Tennessee regarding our plans,” said Eric Carroll, administrator of Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.
The replacement hospital will have inpatient acute-care services, as well as resources for increasing access to primary care. It will also include a 24-hour emergency department, standard and advanced diagnostics, a chest pain center, an area for community education and physician office space.
“We’re moving right along with the replacement facility. The architect and builder have been selected, our certificate of need has been granted, and we’re looking forward to beginning construction,” said Carroll.
The architect for the project is Earl Swensson Associates, and the builder is Layton Construction.
Construction is expected to begin in the coming months with a grand opening in the fall of 2018. The replacement hospital will be located on Temple Hill Road, just off I-26 at Exit 40, which is only a few miles away from the current facility.