JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Regional Medical Center is undergoing a name change as part of its new membership with Tennova Health. The Fentress County medical facility will now be known as Tennova Healthcare – Jamestown in a move made official this week.
Hospital leaders stressed that this is not an ownership change; all network facilities will continue to be affiliated with Community Health Systems, which is Tennova’s parent company. Franklin-based Community Health Systems acquired Jamestown Regional in January 2014.
“This is an opportunity for our hospital to experience the benefits of becoming part of a larger network,” Lynette Pritchett, chief executive officer, Tennova Healthcare – Jamestown, wrote in a letter. “Our hospital will retain its unique identity so we can address the health needs of our community. Being part of a united network will help us improve the delivery of care locally and across the state through resources like a shared website for patients to find the physicians and services they need, no matter where they live.
“Over the next few weeks, you’ll see some changes, like new signs and ads,” she added. “But what we do on a day-to-day basis – caring for the people who live in our community – won’t change. Being part of Tennova Healthcare will only strengthen what we can offer.”
Tennova is one of the largest health care systems in the Volunteer State – with 17 hospitals and more than 100 physician clinics. The network includes approximately 2,600 licensed beds, 2,400 physicians on the combined active medical staffs, and 9,600 employees, with more than 75,000 admissions and 460,000 emergency department visits each year.
Tennova announced the Jamestown addition Monday. It also added four other new hospitals to its fold this week, in Clarksville, Harton (Tullahoma), Lebanon and Shelbyville.
Hospitals already in the network include Jefferson Memorial Hospital (Jefferson City), LaFollette Medical Center, Lakeway Regional Hospital (Morristown), Newport Medical Center, North Knoxville Medical Center (Powell), Physicians Regional Medical Center (Knoxville), Turkey Creek Medical Center (Knoxville), Tennova Healthcare – Cleveland, Tennova Healthcare – Dyersburg Regional, Tennova Healthcare – McNairy Regional (Selmer), Tennova Healthcare – Regional Jackson and Tennova Healthcare – Volunteer Martin.
“It’s a wonderful day for Tennova,” Neil Heatherly, chief executive officer of Physicians Regional Medical Center and Tennova Healthcare’s East Tennessee market leader, said in release. “Of the 17 Tennova hospitals across the state, nine are located in East Tennessee. Together, we are committed to sharing expertise and resources to improve access to quality care for patients and families in the communities we serve.”