SNEEDVILLE – After months of construction, the wait is over. Hancock County Hospital opened it doors this morning and began delivering medical care to a community that has been without a hospital for more than a decade.
“We’re open and serving the people of Hancock County,” said Tim Baylor, the new hospital’s president. “Construction of this hospital has been a labor of love for so many dedicated people – our local, state and federal government officials, more people across Wellmont Health System than I can possibly count, the Hancock County EMS and, of course, the people of Hancock County.”
The opening of the 10-bed hospital is the culmination of a process that began in 2002. Wellmont Health System and the Hancock County Commission partnered to build the 22,500-square foot facility, which is equipped to provide inpatient and outpatient services including emergency services, radiology, laboratory services, respiratory therapy and physical therapy.
Because the state-of-the-art hospital is part of the Wellmont system, Hancock County residents now have access to a full continuum of care. In addition to the primary medical services offered on site, patients who need more advanced care can be transferred to Hawkins County Memorial Hospital in Rogersville or Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport.
“Opening a new hospital from scratch is a first for our health system and for most everyone involved in bringing Hancock County Hospital on line,” Baylor said. “I congratulate everyone at Hancock County Hospital and across the Wellmont system for a job well done.”