New life inside the former Scott County Hospital

(WBIR-Oneida) Work is near completion at the former Scott County Hospital, as the CEO-administrator estimates an October opening for the facility.

"You couldn't ask for better staff -- and dedicated staff. I mean RNs pitching in and helping paint and helping move stuff and get things ready inside the hospital itself," said Tony Taylor, who will help operate the newly named Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott.

It will take over the 58-year old facility, after Health Management Associates, who operate Tennova, left Scott County in May 2012.

For months, there has been plenty of speculation on who will take over the building. After 16 months of planning, Mississippi-based Pioneer will operate the 25-bed facility.

Over the last several weeks, crews have been repainting, restocking and adding new equipment.

"New CT scanners, 16 slice that's coming in -- and hearing from physicians they really want radiology and laboratory services back so they can get quick answers for our patients," Taylor added.

Several workers are already back inside the hospital -- some from the former Scott County Hospital, like pharmacy manager Doctor Steve Leeds.

"It feels like I've never left. Even though we've been closed for a year, 16 months total, once I got back here, it felt like I've never been gone," said Dr. Leeds.

The hospital passed its licensure survey a few weeks ago, and now needs to get other inspection checks completed, like doors and alarms at the facility.

Taylor estimates the hospital will open sometime in October.


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