Scott County Hospital could open as early as next month

Scott County Hospital could open as early as next month

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Scott County's new 25 bed hospital could open as soon as next month. Scott County's new 25 bed hospital could open as soon as next month.
New additions include a CT scanner that will be able to perform tests not possible in the old hospital. New additions include a CT scanner that will be able to perform tests not possible in the old hospital.
The hospital will also have new lab equipment. The hospital will also have new lab equipment.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

ONEIDA (WATE) - Residents in Scott County may not have to wait much longer for a hospital in their county. 

The hospital, now owned by Pioneer Health Systems, may be open as early as next month. The former Saint Mary's in Oneida has been closed since May 2012.  

The new hospital is named Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott and 6 News got a look inside the revamped 25 bed facility.

The soon to be reopened Pioneer Community Hospital is a blessing for Steve Leeds, the hospital's pharmacy manager.  

Leeds has worked at the Scott County Hospital for 27 years, and his father worked at the hospital as a doctor when it opened in 1955.  

It's been tough for Leeds in the past 16 months since the hospital closed.

"I know a couple of employees of the hospital that worked here, that have passed away because had the hospital been open. I think their lives would have been saved," Leeds said.  

Pioneer's revamped Scott County hospital is similar to the old. It will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offer emergency services.  

There are new additions, including a CT scanner that can perform tests not available in the old hospital. The new hospital will also have brand new lab equipment.  

The hospital's CEO Tony Taylor served as Vice President of Operations at Colleton Medical Center in Cottageville, South Carolina since 2007.  

"I was raised in rural West Virginia, this is like coming home to me and Pioneer has the quality and that niche in the critical access area," Taylor said.  

A life safety and licensure survey has been completed, and Pioneer is waiting on final approval of the applications from the state before it can reopen the hospital.  

If the state approves the applications, Pioneer officials say the hospital could be open by late October at the earliest. The timetable appears to be on track after months of delays.

The hospital is looking to fill many open positions by next week, including mostly support staff.  

Officials say the hospital will be staffed with 50 employees when it opens.     

"I just wish it'd hurry up and get back open and get the people here back to work. There's so many people around here out of work and have to travel to different places," said Oneida resident Troy Duncan.

Hospital leaders are expecting to hear back from the state on the license requirements in the coming days and weeks.

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