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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Architect, builder selected for new Unicoi County Memorial Hospital

ERWIN, Tenn. – Progress on the new Unicoi County Memorial Hospital took another big step forward last week when the hospital’s community board and its visioning committee unanimously selected the design and construction companies for the project. Earl Swennson Associates will be the architect and Layton Construction will be the builder. The time line for the new facility calls for construction to begin in spring of 2017 with a grand opening in the fall of 2018.  ... read more about Architect, builder selected for new Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.

Future site of the new Unicoi County Memorial Hospital
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mountain States board approves Unicoi County community board proposal for new hospital

ERWIN, Tenn. – The board of directors of Mountain States Health Alliance approved plans Friday for moving forward with the design and construction of a new hospital in Unicoi County.  After 18 months of work, the local community’s visioning committee and hospital board, comprising community leaders from throughout Unicoi County, proposed a strategic vision for the new hospital.  ... read more about Mountain States board approves Unicoi County community board proposal for new hospital.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dr. Sumita Jain joins MSMG – Family Medicine/Internal Medicine in Erwin

ERWIN, Tenn. — Sumita Jain, MD, has joined Mountain States Medical Group – Family Medicine/ Internal Medicine, Erwin. Dr. Jain specializes in family medicine and has a special interest in preventative care, women’s health, pediatrics and diabetes. ... read more about Dr. Sumita Jain joins MSMG – Family Medicine/Internal Medicine in Erwin.

About

100 Greenway Circle
Erwin, TN 37650
36.145108
-82.41680599999999

Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, licensed for 48 acute-care beds, has provided high-quality medical care to Unicoi County and parts of Western North Carolina since 1953. The community has at its service a 24-hour emergency department and an intensive care unit, plus radiology and diagnostic imaging, various rehabilitation services, and a 46-bed long-term care facility recognized for its quality care. The hospital offers an array of physician specialties, including cardiologists and general and orthopedic surgeons.

Medical Services

 The Medical Unit is licensed for forty six (46) beds.  The patients are admitted to the Medical Unit primarily with acute/chronic medical diagnoses.  Patients are generally eighteen (18) years or older.  Geriatric patients comprise more than half our population.  Pediatric patients {less than eighteen (18) years of age but at least 12 years of age may also be admitted to the floor.  (Note:  Refer to Pediatric Services section of this document for further details.)

The medical beds care for patients with general medical problems which include, but are not limited to, patients with Respiratory conditions (such as Pneumonia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma, Tuberculosis), Gastro-Intestinal disease, Diabetes, Cerebral Vascular Accident, Cardiovascular problems including Chest pain, and Congestive Heart Failure; patients with infectious illnesses requiring medical management including patients with Tuberculosis, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Vancomycin-resistant enterococcus, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and Cytomegalovirus.  Other patients admitted to this unit include those that have arthritis, anemia, and post op conditions. Telemetry capabilities for monitoring patients for dysrhythmias are available in the medical unit. 

Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging

The Diagnostic Imaging Department provides a full range of Diagnostic Imaging Procedures to assist the physician in diagnosing and treating medical conditions of the human body.  The range of services offered includes:

  • General Radiography
  • Magnetic Residence Imaging (MRI)
  • Computerized Tomography (64 slice CT)
  • Ultrasound
  • Mammography
  • Bone Densitometry
  • Non-Invasive Procedures (Arterial and Venous studies)
  • Invasive Procedures (Thoracentesis, Paracentesis)
  • Cardiac Calcium scoring
Rehabilitation

Rehab therapy provides services to patients with diagnosis of diabetes, arthritis, connective tissue diseases, cancer, cardiovascular/ pulmonary disorders, orthopedic, renal failure and neurological disorders.  The department provides treatment and services to all age groups, including pediatrics and geriatrics.

Evaluation of patients is performed prior to the treatment of services.  Patient assessment includes initial, interim and discharge evaluation.

Some of the conditions for which we provide treatments are:

  • Amputation
  • Brain Injury
  • Hands
  • Neurological / Neuromuscular Problems
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rheumatologic Impairments
  • Speech Therapy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Vestibular
Other Services

Laboratory

The Department of Laboratory Medicine provides service for the inpatient and outpatient population in a rural city and surrounding rural areas.  The patient population served ranges from neonates to geriatrics.  The range of services offered includes:

  •  Hematology
  • Coagulation
  • Urinalysis
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Limited bacteriology
  • Immunohematology
  • Serology
  • Pathology

The Laboratory is equipped with progressive diagnostic instrumentation and procedures to meet the laboratory testing needs of patients and physician.  Fully integrated information systems allow for complete computerization from order entry to test resulting and reporting.

Pharmacy

The Pharmacy Department promotes an organization of independent professionals with the authority and responsibility for clinical and distributive decision–making at all levels.  This fosters a climate conducive to professional practice and enhances goals for provision of quality care.

Computerized pharmacy service for drug therapy monitoring

Computerized medication administration record service

IV Admixture Program that includes sterile product preparation of small volume parenteral, special preparations, and premixed large volume parenteral.  Sterile product preparation of total parenteral nutrition for central and peripheral administration is provided with monitoring of daily therapy.

Patient and Staff education.

Medication misadventures monitoring – Adverse Drug Reactions & Medication Errors

Quality and Performance Improvement

MSHA Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee/Medication Use Evaluations (MUE) & Medication Protocols.

Programs provided:  Medication/Medication Interactions, Food/Medication Interactions, and Patient Education Information.  Medication Information Resource. Medication procurement and Inventory & Formulary Management

Clinical Applications:  Allergy Checks, Duplication of Therapy, Estimated Creatinine Clearance, Serum Level Monitoring, Physician Interventions, Gentamicin and Vancomycin Monitoring,  and Medication Recall monitoring.

Pump Management:  IV Infusion Pumps and Patient Controlled Analgesia Pain Pumps & Epidural Infusion Pump.

Respiratory

Respiratory Therapy services provide inpatient/outpatient clinical services including:

  • Medical Gas Therapy
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Aerosol Therapy
  • Incentive Spirometry
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
  • Bi-level Positive airway Pressure
  • Bronchopulmonary Segmental Drainage
  • Airway Management

Diagnostic Services (as prescribed by physician)

  •  Pulmonary Function Test
  • Treadmill Stress test
  • EKG’s
  • Arterial Blood Gases
  • Sputum Indications
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Audiogram

Sleep Lab

The Sleep Lab Department provides a full range of Polysomnographic Procedures to assist the physician in diagnosing and treating medical conditions in relation to a patient’s sleep.  The range of services offered includes:

  • Nocturnal Polysomnograms
  • Split Night Sleep Studies
  • Multiple Sleep Latency Tests
  • Maintenance of Wakefulness Tests
Awards and Accreditations
  • The Joint Commission accreditation
  • Long-term care unit received 4-star rating by Medicare’s Nursing Home Data Compare
  • UCMH Lab certified by The Joint Commission
  • Mammography Department Accredited by the American College of Radiology
Leadership

Dwayne Taylor, VP/Chief Executive Officer, Southeast Market
Eric Carroll, Administrator
Kent Wright, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Southeast Market
Chase Wilson, Chief Financial Officer, Southeast Market
Melanie Stanton, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Southeast Market
Cindy Verzi, Director of Quality & Patient Safety
Kellee Blevins, Manager, Human Resources
Corey Paulson, Director of Marketing & Communications, Southeast Market
April Jones, RN, Director of Nursing

History

Unicoi County Memorial Hospital admitted its first patient on Feb. 1, 1953, climaxing years of effort to create a community hospital. The 40-bed structure was built with funds from the city, county and federal governments.

The hospital has seen numerous additions and renovations over the decades, including the addition of the long-term care unit in 1969 and an enlargement to it in 1977. The Pauline A. Vaughn Medical Building, located behind the hospital, was opened in 1978 and subsequently enlarged. It is named in honor of one of the hospital’s longtime administrator. The hospital added an intensive care unit in 1987, and the first CT scanner was installed in 1990.

In November 2013, Unicoi County Memorial Hospital joined Mountain States Health, solidifying what was already a longtime relationship. Planning has begun for the construction of a new hospital to replace the current one. With a location on Temple Hill Road at Exit 40 next to I-26, it is scheduled to open in the spring of 2018.

Community

Unicoi County, named for the Native American word for “smoky” or “foggy” is nestled in northeast Tennessee, and surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest. Adventurists and families alike find the county a wonderland of nature hosting 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail, white water rafting on the Nolichucky River through the deepest gorge in the country, waterfalls, bike trails, trout and bass fishing sweet spots, antique shopping, parks, historical sites and much more. Annual festivals celebrating locally grown apples, strawberries and ramps draw crowds of thousands to the area for the celebrations. 

Settled in the mid-1700s, both the county and the town of Erwin were created in 1875 on former Cherokee hunting grounds. Today, the area is home to a population of more than 18,000. A strong spirit of family and local pride abound among Unicoi County residents. Yet, a welcoming spirit invites the outdoor adventurists who come to enjoy the natural beauty and the excitement of events held in the area.

Good schools and a local hospital and health care facilities make Unicoi County a good place to call “home.” The area is within minutes of Johnson City, home of Johnson City Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, and Niswonger Children’s Hospital. Other regional magnets within minutes of Unicoi County include Bristol Motor Speedway, the Blue Ridge Parkway, historic Jonesborough – Tennessee’s oldest town and home to the International Storytelling Center, East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, and many more. 

For more information about Unicoi County and the surrounding area visit: www.unicoicountytn.gov/.

 

 

Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment (PDF - Opens in new window)

 

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100 Greenway Circle
Erwin, TN 37650

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What's New

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Architect, builder selected for new Unicoi County Memorial Hospital

ERWIN, Tenn. – Progress on the new Unicoi County Memorial Hospital took another big step forward last week when the hospital’s community board and its visioning committee unanimously selected the design and construction companies for the project. Earl Swennson Associates will be the architect and Layton Construction will be the builder. The time line for the new facility calls for construction to begin in spring of 2017 with a grand opening in the fall of 2018.  ... read more about Architect, builder selected for new Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.

Future site of the new Unicoi County Memorial Hospital
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mountain States board approves Unicoi County community board proposal for new hospital

ERWIN, Tenn. – The board of directors of Mountain States Health Alliance approved plans Friday for moving forward with the design and construction of a new hospital in Unicoi County.  After 18 months of work, the local community’s visioning committee and hospital board, comprising community leaders from throughout Unicoi County, proposed a strategic vision for the new hospital.  ... read more about Mountain States board approves Unicoi County community board proposal for new hospital.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dr. Sumita Jain joins MSMG – Family Medicine/Internal Medicine in Erwin

ERWIN, Tenn. — Sumita Jain, MD, has joined Mountain States Medical Group – Family Medicine/ Internal Medicine, Erwin. Dr. Jain specializes in family medicine and has a special interest in preventative care, women’s health, pediatrics and diabetes. ... read more about Dr. Sumita Jain joins MSMG – Family Medicine/Internal Medicine in Erwin.