SNEEDVILLE – U.S. Rep. Bill Jenkins joined Wellmont Health System officials and Hancock County leaders today to dedicate the site for a new hospital in Sneedville. The site dedication ceremony was held at 10 a.m. on the future site of Wellmont Hancock County Hospital, located on Highway 33/Main Street.
“It is the mission of our organization to improve the quality of life of the people of our region,” said Wayne Kirk, chairman of the Wellmont board of directors. “There is no doubt the construction of this needed hospital in a medically underserved community will bring improved health and peace of mind to the wonderful people of Sneedville and Hancock County.”
Wellmont and Hancock County officials announced plans for the new hospital in July. A certificate-of-need application for the 10-bed, $5 million hospital will be filed with the state in September.
Wellmont will partner with Hancock County to build and operate the facility. The county will fund construction of the hospital, 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.
The hospital will provide inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency services, ambulatory surgery, radiology, laboratory, respiratory therapy and physical therapy. The facility will be able to accommodate inpatient stays of up to 96 hours – or four days.
Once approved by the state, construction of the new hospital will begin immediately.