After being managed by Adventist Health System for 40 years, Jellico Community Hospital will transition to join Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) on May 1, 2015. In February, Adventist Health System, Jellico Community Hospital and the City of Jellico finalized a new relationship with CHC of Plano, Texas, to lease and operate the hospital. CHC also negotiated a new long-term lease of the hospital facility from the City of Jellico.
Under the agreements, Jellico Community Hospital in Jellico, Tennessee, as well as the hospital's CarePlus Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky, will become a part of the CHC organization. CHC and AHS have been working collaboratively to ensure a smooth transition.
"We have been proud to serve the community of Jellico for 40 years, but the financial pressures and hardship of managing a small community hospital without the partnership and resources of a larger system within the region are no longer sustainable," said Don Jernigan, AHS president/CEO. "We are pleased that CHC will embrace and further our mission in this community."
CHC owns, manages and provides support to 20 community hospitals nationwide, which becomes 21 hospitals with Jellico Community Hospital. CHC has also entered into a clinical affiliation agreement with Baptist Health, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, which creates opportunity for local collaboration on clinical and program development. CHC and Baptist Health already collaborate for long-term acute care through ContinueCARE Hospital at Baptist Health Corbin, located 30 miles north of Jellico.