Big South Fork Medical Center no longer accepting ambulances, Sen. Blackburn wants answers from Rennova

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UPDATE: Rennova recently responded to a letter of concerns from Sen. Marsha Blackburn.

ONEIDA, Tenn. (WATE) — Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals confirmed Tuesday that EMS patients were being diverted from Big South Fork Hospital.

This, after a letter was sent by Senator Marsha Blackburn to rural hospital operator Rennova just last week.

Mayor Tibbals saying he was notified Monday morning from the hospital that they stopped accepting ambulances.

He’s also saying he’s not sure if they stopped accepting ambulances Sunday or Monday.

For now, patients are being diverted to nearby hospitals, whichever one is closest to them.

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Senator Marsha Blackburn released a statement about the issue on Wednesday:

“The diversion of EMS patients from Big South Fork hospital is deeply concerning. People who need care the most are not receiving it. This is the latest in a string of troubling news related to Rennova hospitals, and East Tennesseans deserve answers.”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn

The Senator has not yet received a response from Rennova and the deadline to get back with answers is February 11.

We will be sure to keep you updated when we do hear back.

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