Plano-based Community Hospital Corporation has been awarded a long-term lease to operate a hospital in rural Tennessee.
It will take over the Jellico Community Hospital in the city of Jellico, which is located about 60 miles north of Knoxville and has a population of about 2,500. The hospital will become part of Community’s network beginning on May 1. The Adventist Health System, of which Jellico Community is a member, is helping with the transition.
AHS notified the city on May 1 of last year that it would be vacating the lease agreement. The city has had the past year to find a new operator, and settled on Community. The Plano company manages and offers support to 20 community hospitals throughout the country.
In Texas, it operates facilities in Beaumont, Orange, LaGrange, Yoakum, Abilene, Midland, Tyler, Bowie, Winnsboro, and Nacogdoches. This is its first hospital in Tennessee.
“We share JCH’s compassion and mission ‘to provide more than quality healthcare’,” said Mike Williams, CHC’s president and CEO. “Throughout our due diligence process, we’ve been very impressed with the quality of JCH physicians and employees and their commitment to providing excellent healthcare to this community.”
Jellico Community is a full-service hospital that offers diagnostic imaging, radiology, surgery, nuclear medicine, wound care, maternity care, an ICU, emergency care, and physical therapy.