Big South Fork Medical Center Opens

Oneida, TN (2017-08-08) After months of preparation and renovations, Big South Fork Medical Center opened its doors Tuesday morning.

{L-R) Steve Leeds, Pharmacy Manager, Tony Taylor, CEO and Dr. Tom Mendolia, Rennova Representative (Source: BSF Medical Center)

A group of employees led by CEO Tony Taylor, company representatives, and local stakeholders officially unveiled the new Big South Fork Medical Center sign shortly before 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning; marking a new beginning for the former Scott County Hospital.

Rennova Health, parent company of Big South Fork Medical Center, finalized the purchase of the closed hospital in January, after months of negotiations with a federal bankruptcy court that controlled the facility following the collapse of Pioneer Health Services of Magee, MS.  In the ensuing months, the company spent countless hours and a considerable amount of money to renovate the aging facility and bring it into compliance with state and federal regulations.

“This is a great day for Scott County and the surrounding areas. We now have emergent health care close to home,” said Taylor, who is CEO of Scott Community Hospital, Inc., the Tennessee parent corporation of Big South Fork Medical Center. “We look forward to taking care of our friends and family once again and in doing so contributing to the growth of Rennova,” he added.

“This opening is a realization of our ambition to provide a needed service to the community and create a new dawn for Rennova and our shareholders,” said Seamus Lagan, CEO of Rennova.

While the facility will have a more modern look, many of the faces at the hospital will seem familiar, as Rennova Health rehired many former employees.  Taylor is a holdover from Pioneer’s tenure, and several of the other employees have been on staff dating back to the days when the facility was leased to Community Health Systems (CHS).

The emergency department is being staffed by Western Healthcare, a Dallas, TX -based staffing company, which has reportedly contracted with several former emergency room doctors that patients will be familiar with.  Stat Care, a Knoxville-based company, will operate the hospitalist program inside the facility.  Hospitalists oversee care for patients during their stay at the hospital and coordinate care with the patient’s primary care physician. Dr. Josh Thompson, an Oneida native, is one of the physicians tapped by the company to work for them.

Tuesday’s opening cleared a major hurdle for Rennova Health, but there is still work to be completed.  Since its now open, the hospital will have to undergo another CMS survey, which, after successful completion, it would receive its Medicare number.   In the near future, the hospital will also make application to be classified as a Critical Access Hospital.

Big South Fork Medical Center is a 25-bed acute care facility offering a variety of services, including 24/7 emergency department care along with radiology services that include X-ray, CT scan, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and MRI. Other available services will include a laboratory, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, a medical/surgical unit and swing beds.