SNEEDVILLE – Wellmont Health System will receive nearly $1 million in federal and state funding to support the opening of Hancock County Hospital, a 10-bed, critical-access hospital under construction in Sneedville.

The Hancock County hospital project is the recipient of a $500,000 federal appropriation, as well as a $360,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for the new hospital, which is set to begin serving patients in the spring.

U.S. Sens. Bill Frist and Lamar Alexander and U.S. Rep. Bill Jenkins recently announced the $500,000 federal appropriation. The ARC grant will include a $90,000 local match for a total of $450,000.

“On behalf of the people of Hancock County, I extend my sincere thanks to our elected officials and the Appalachian Regional Commission for their generous support of community health care,” said Dr. Richard Salluzzo, Wellmont’s president and chief executive officer. “From a digital picture archiving and communication system for sharing radiology images to advanced telemedicine capabilities, this funding will enable us to bring the newest and most state-of-the-art medical technologies to the people of Sneedville and Hancock County.”

Wellmont has partnered with the Hancock County Commission to build and operate the 22,500-square-foot hospital. The county is funding construction of the $6 million facility, which will be leased and operated by Wellmont.

Because the hospital will provide care in an area identified by the federal government as medically underserved, the facility will be designated a critical-access hospital. Once open, the hospital will provide inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency services, radiology, laboratory and physical therapy.


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