For many of the 213 employees who lost their jobs with the Scott County Hospital last May, this holiday season is a struggle.
"It's stressful, you try to stretch every penny," says former ER
Nurse Floyd Hutson, who started drawing unemployment benefits six months
It was the first time in his 45-year career.
He and several of his former colleagues say they're trying to hang on and wait for the hospital to reopen.
The Tennessee Attorney General's Office still needs to review the transfer of the hospital to the new operator, SM Promen.
That deadline was originally set for December 21, but Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals says it's been delayed 10 days.
After that the hospital still needs to get Medicare and Medicaid certified, which Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals has said could take some time.
The hospital closed in May after the former operator decline to renew their
contract. The county struggled to find a new manager, but signed a
contract with Promen in October.
Although the hiring process as not begun, Tibbals estimates about 100 resumes have been dropped off at his office.
Promen previously stated it would hire about 113 people.
Just like Hutson, former nurse Nonnie Trammell spent much of her career at the hospital and hopes to get her job back.
"We're like family," says Trammell of her colleagues. "I just
hope they take in to consideration that we have good people that have worked here for many years."
Because just like the hospital, the holidays are are family.
And their greatest wish this Christmas is to be reunited with theirs.