Scott County hospital closure delayed to July 1

Pioneer Community Hospital in Scott County

ONEIDA (WATE) – The operators of Scott County’s only hospital are delaying its closure to July 1.

Pioneer Hospital CEO Tony Taylor says the hospital would close at 8 a.m. on that date. The previous closure date was June 26. Taylor says a couple of parties are interested in running the hospital, but corporate leaders haven’t given him any names and haven’t said if it would happen in time to keep the hospital open.

Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott sees around 25 to 30 patients in the emergency room each day and 30 outpatients. There are 57 full-time and 23 part-time employees.

State Sen. Scott Yager issued a letter on Tuesday expressing concern that the hospital had not given the state or its employees proper notice that the hospital was closing, saying a 10-day notice was not appropriate. State rules do require a 60-day notice on the labor side, but the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development says it would be up to the local government or employees to file a lawsuit.

The state health department found no violation in the notification process.

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Taylor says he was unaware Tennessee had a WARN notice law. Yager says the Department of Labor and Workforce Development held three “Rapid Response” meetings on Monday to provide information and help employees.

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