Baptist Hospital starts transferring inpatient services

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – On Tuesday, Baptist Hospital downtown started transferring inpatient services to other Mercy Health facilities, ahead of a plan to build a new hospital.

This means Baptist Hospital stopped admitting non-emergency patients, including non-emergency cardiac cases, Mercy Health CEO Debra London explained last week in a press release.

The goal is to finish moving these services by the end of July to St. Mary’s Medical Center, St. Mary’s North and Baptist Hospital West.

If the plan receives state regulatory approval, Baptist Hospital downtown will stop all emergency and inpatient services by the end of July.

Officials announced in April that Mercy Health will build a new hospital downtown on the Baptist site at the corner of Blount Avenue and Chapman Highway within the next three to five years.

The hospital will be called Mercy Medical Center. It will replace St. Mary’s Medical Center North and the current Baptist Hospital.

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