Fentress County officials have met with the Tennessee Department of Health over concerns about Jamestown Regional Medical Center’s future.
That according to County Executive Jimmy Johnson. He said the hospital being privately owned by Rennova Health Systems gives little room for assistance.
“We have no authority over the hospital since we don’t own the building or any property at the hospital,” Johnson said. “We know that if something were to happen, we would have to have a plan in place as far as if it were to close or shut down or anything. That’s what we’re working on at this time for the best interest of all Fentress Countians so we can have a good hospital we can go to.”
The discussions were on the heels of the JRMC Clinic losing power last week for nearly three days. Previous reports indicated that the hospital may not have been financially stable.
“I have spoken with the owner in January and have tried several times to speak with him again, but he has no contact with us and we don’t even have a phone number to talk with him,” Johnson said. “I have spoken with the acting CEO. He states they’re trying to make a rebound.”
Johnson said he and many residents of Fentress County are hoping JRMC doesn’t close for the sake of the citizens.
“We’re just keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn’t for any reason. The trickle-down effect would be severe to the whole county,” Johnson said. “But like I said, we’re doing everything that’s possible for us to do to help keep the hospital going and keep the hospital open at this time.”
Rennova Health Systems purchased JRMC from Tennova Healthcare in 2017.
Former Hospital CEO Lynette Evans stepped down from her position in February. Interim CEO Dr. Angel Giraldez has served in the position since Evans’ departure.