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Thursday, April 28, 2011 - Roane Medical Center Approved to Build Replacement Hospital
Roane Medical Center and Covenant Health received approval today from the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency (THSDA) to build a new medical center to replace the current 72-year-old facility.

“Our investment in the Roane County community to expand and improve healthcare services is now a welcome and worthy reality,” said Anthony Spezia, chief executive officer of parent company, Covenant Health.  “A new and modern hospital will support a growing physician base, expand technology, and assure the patients and families in Roane County get local, quality-based healthcare for decades to come,” he noted.

Roane Medical Center staff, physicians, city and county elected officials and community leaders attended the THSDA hearing Wednesday morning to voice their support for a Certificate of Need (CON), which is required for the relocation and replacement of the existing hospital. Roane Medical Center applied for a CON at the beginning of the year and will relocate from its current 1939 building in downtown Harriman.

“Words can’t express how happy I am in regard to the approval of the CON,” said Chris Mason, mayor of the city of Harriman. “When we started this process almost four years ago, I wanted to ensure Harriman and Roane County residents had long term quality healthcare. Covenant Health promised us a $50 million facility, and it now has grown to a $72 million facility. This speaks volumes for their commitment to Harriman and Roane County.”

The new campus will be built on Roane State Highway in Midtown near Pinnacle Point, a commercial shopping center located just off the Harriman/Midtown exit of Interstate 40. Approximately 42 acres of land have been secured for the medical center campus. A ground breaking ceremony is scheduled for June 14.

The new campus will include a state-of-the-art hospital, an adjacent new medical office building, larger and more accessible parking areas and new patient and family amenities. A key feature of the hospital includes the construction of all private rooms. The planned hospital design will enhance staff-patient interactions within each unit. It also will provide enlarged and modern nursing units, technologically-advanced surgery suites and progressive medical imaging and cardiac care services. Expanded space for future campus development over time to meet evolving patient care needs is also built into the project design.

“We are more than thrilled to see our vision for a new hospital come to fruition.” said Jim Gann, vice president and chief administrative officer of Roane Medical Center. “Our medical center has been a valuable community resource in Roane County for more than 70 years, and it is our desire to provide a state-of-the-art facility where we can provide excellent patient care for our communities,” he said.

Covenant Health selected The Lewis Group as the architectural company to develop designs and plans for the new hospital. Covenant Health also selected Rentenbach Constructors, Inc. to serve as the construction manager and Phillips & Jordan, Inc. as the excavating company.

This hearing marks Covenant Health’s third all-new hospital construction project in less than a decade. Other new hospitals include Fort Loudoun Medical Center in Loudon County and LeConte Medical Center in Sevier County. All are part of eight hospitals and numerous outpatient services and clinics in the East Tennessee-based health system. Since 2000 Covenant Health has invested nearly $900 million in facilities, technology, programs and services.                

Roane Medical Center, a member of Covenant Health, offers personalized patient care through its quality medical and surgical care, emergency services, prevention programs, rehabilitation support and health education. The hospital staff has extensive expertise in specialized services that include diagnostic imaging, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and many others. Roane Medical Center also offers services through its subsidiaries, RMC Patricia Neal Outpatient Center, Roane Medical Sleep Center, and Roane Medical Women’s Center

Roane Medical Center, located in Harriman, Tenn. and founded in 1939, offers the right blends of technical expertise, medical professionalism and hometown values.