Pioneer Health-owned hospital to close in Tennessee

Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott in Oneida, Tenn., will close its doors on June 26 at 8 a.m., WBIR reported.

The hospital, which is part of Magee, Miss.-based Pioneer Health Services, is the only one in Scott County.

Hospital CEO Tony Taylor notified the state earlier this month about a potential closure. The announcement comes on the heels Pioneer Health Services filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March.

Pioneer owns hospitals in Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia. It acquired Scott County Hospital in March 2013 after the hospital's first closure in 2012.

Mr. Taylor predicted the facility would close this month if the State Survey Agency could not help survey the surgery department, which Mr. Taylor said would garner the revenue needed to stay open, according to WBIR.

Steve Leeds, PharmD, a hospital employee, said all 100 employees including Mr. Taylor found out about the closure on Thursday, and many of their questions were left unanswered.

"First thing I thought of was tell me this isn't happening again," Dr. Leeds told WBIR. "I've worked at the hospital here for 30 plus years. If the hospital closes there will be patients dying, and we want to keep the hospital open just for that reason alone."

The closest hospital — Jamestown (Tenn.) RegionalMedicalCenter — is 39 miles away, WBIR reported. 

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