KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The in-patient services at Baptist Hospital in downtown will move to other hospitals later this year and officials are moving forward with a plan to build a new facility.
The in-patient services will be done instead at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Baptist Hospital West and St. Mary’s Medical Center North, effective August 1, according to a memo from Mercy Health Partners.
Hospital officials say for now, out patient services and other programs will remain at Baptist Hospital downtown, along with the doctors’ offices.
The board of Mercy Health Partners voted unanimously Tuesday to build a new hospital downtown but no timeframe is available yet for that.
A “Transition Job Center” will be created to help Baptist Hospital employees find jobs in the Mercy Health System, if possible.
The hospital will also provide severance packages for workers who are leaving.
There’s no word on how many employees will be affected by job changes.
Baptist merged with St. Mary’s Health System in December 2007. The new system is called Mercy Health Partners.
The system has nine acute care hospitals:
- St. Mary’s Medical Center
- Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee
- St. Mary’s Medical Center North
- Baptist Hospital for Women
- Baptist Hospital West
- St. Mary’s Medical Center of Campbell County
- Baptist Hospital of Cocke County
- St. Mary’s Jefferson Memorial Hospital
- St. Mary’s Medical Center of Scott County