Tennova considers downsizing North Knoxville hospital

Tennova considers downsizing North Knoxville hospital

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – North Knoxville residents and Tennova Healthcare officials came together Monday night to discuss the downsizing of a hospital. 

Tennova plans to build a new hospital in West Knoxville near Middlebrook Pike and Old Weisgarber Road. 

The company also plans to reduce services at Physician's Regional Medical Center, formerly St. Mary's, in North Knoxville.

Tennova officials met with residents on Monday night to discuss their concerns. Some were worried about the hospital sitting empty like Baptist Hospital in South Knoxville has for years. 

"I think, in the end, it ends up being the reality of business. And no matter what they tell us tonight they may have to do something differently," said Lauren Rider, a concerned neighbor.

Tennova Healthcare CEO Mike Garfield says the 83-year-old North Knoxville hospital will shift its focus to primary care and rehab. 

"We still want to go ahead and get input from the community about what it does need to look like because these are very important community members," said Garfield.

In the fall, the company plans to start the process of building the new hospital. 

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