Pioneer hiring for positions at Scott County hospital

Pioneer hiring for positions at Scott County hospital

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Scott County's only hospital has been closed for almost a year. Scott County's only hospital has been closed for almost a year.
"They've hired RNs, they've hired radiology to get everything up to speed so when it does come time," explained Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals. "They've hired RNs, they've hired radiology to get everything up to speed so when it does come time," explained Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals.
With the emergency room closed, residents have to go to Knoxville for care after hours. With the emergency room closed, residents have to go to Knoxville for care after hours.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

ONEIDA (WATE) - It's been nearly a year since Scott County's only hospital closed its doors.

After the first deal to reopen the facility fell through, a second deal is now nearly complete. The hospital could reopen in July.

For the past year, signs outside the hospital buildings have been covered and the doors locked.

"They've hired RNs, they've hired radiology to get everything up to speed so when it does come time," explained Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals, "they can move very rapidly for the licensure activation, which is the big question at this point, is how long will that process take."

The attorney general still has to sign off on the deal, and that is another 22 days away.

"If he doesn't find any findings or ask for anything more, he'll sign off on it and say it's ready to proceed with the transfer of the hospital to Pioneer Health Services," Tibbals added.

So far, both the mayor and Pioneer say things are going smoothly.

Nearly a year later, the people 6 News spoke with say they're still desperate to have the hospital in Oneida reopened, especially the Emergency Service Department.

"My daughter and my two boys, if something happened to them, if they broke their arms or legs or something, we'd have to go to Knoxville, because I wouldn't want to go anywhere else," said Scott County mother Teresa Phillips.

Pioneer says their target reopen date is July 1, but the hospital won't have an emergency or obstetrics department in the beginning.

Those will follow at a later date, once Pioneer gets the critical access designation for the hospital.

"You'll have lab of course, you'll have an urgent care center which will be extended hours, which your doctor's office is 8-5 usually," Tibbals concluded.

The mayor's office says they've given out more than 300 applications for jobs at the hospital for the 50 positions currently open.

Six people have already been hired.

More jobs will become available when the hospital operates at full capacity.

You can apply online on Pioneer's website or call the corporate office at 1-866-218-9285.

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