Tennessee hospital forced to close after negotiations fall through

Magee, Miss.-based Pioneer Health Services closed Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott in Oneida, Tenn., Friday evening.

The hospital was slated to shut down Friday morning, but leaders pushed back the closure amid talks with an unnamed firm about a potential takeover. However, after negotiations failed, the hospital shut its doors at 7 p.m., according to a WBIR news report.

PHS, which operates hospitals in five states, acquired the Oneida hospital in 2013 after the facility's first closure. PHS filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April. Subsequently, employees of Pioneer Hospital of Scott were told that the hospital was closing.

With the hospital shuttered, Scott County residents will have to travel 39 miles to Jamestown (Tenn.) Regional Medical Center for emergency care.

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