Oneida hospital re-opens

ONEIDA, Tenn. — The Town of Oneida once again has a community hospital.

Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott, located in the former Scott County Hospital on Alberta Street in Oneida, opened its doors to the public at 8 a.m. Monday morning.

Owned and operated by Pioneer Health Services, of Magee, Miss., Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott will feature 25 beds, in-house diagnostics and lab services, and a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week emergency room.

Hospital CEO Tony Taylor said Monday that the hospital's opening is "a great day for Scott County." Local economic development officials have stressed the importance of a hospital as critical to efforts to recruit industry to the community. As the gateway to the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, an emerging adventure tourism destination, it was also important for Oneida and Scott County to have a hospital. Finally, a close-to-home, community hospital plays an important role in the lives of seniors. Oneida is a growing destination for retirees.

The Pioneer Community Hospital will serve Scott County and northern Morgan County in Tennessee, as well as McCreary County, Ky.

The hospital, which had been closed since May 24, 2012, reopened after a deal was struck between Scott County Government and Pioneer Health, resulting in ownership of the hospital being transferred to Pioneer in exchange for a guarantee that the facility will be operated as a hospital for at least 10 years.