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Parkridge to Discontinue Inpatient and Surgical Care at Parkridge West, 20 Employees Affected
UPDATED: 3:36 PM EDT
Parkridge Health System says it will discontinue inpatient medical care and surgical services at its Parkridge West location in Jasper, effective April 6th.

Parkridge says less than 2% of patients have needed that care in recent years.

Parkridge West will continue to offer 24-hour emergency services, outpatient imaging and laboratory services, and Mountainview Treatment Center will continue to serve inpatient adult behavioral health patients.

'Parkridge Health System has invested over $14 million dollars to upgrade and renovate the emergency department, laboratory, radiology, behavioral health services and physician services at Parkridge West,' explains Darrell Moore, CEO, Parkridge Health System.  'We will continue to provide a high level of quality patient care to our community and focus our efforts on 24-hour emergency care, outpatient services and inpatient adult behavioral health services.'

Inpatient care will still be available in our Chattanooga facilities for emergency room patients that need to be admitted from Parkridge West. 

Transportation will be provided by the facility. Parkridge also says a new helipad at Parkridge Medical Center will be opening in the spring to expedite transportation of patients as appropriate.

'Meeting the medical needs of our community and the physicians that provide these services is important to us.  We will continue to coordinate and provide physician services on the Parkridge West Campus, including primary and specialty care,' said Moore.

Parkridge says Human Resources is helping employees displaced by the discontinuation of services by matching them to appropriate vacancies throughout the Parkridge Health System. 

"We will hold a job fair, and services through our Employee Assistance Program will be available to all employees.  The change in services at Parkridge West has resulted in the elimination of approximately 20 employees," Parkridge says in a release.

As of April 6, 2015, Parkridge West Emergency Center will offer the following services:

  • 24-Hour Emergency Care
  • On-site outpatient radiology
  • On-site outpatient laboratory
  • Mountainview Treatment Center
  • Inpatient adult behavioral health
  • Physician services in the medical office building including primary and specialty care

Image of Parkridge West via Parkridge Health System's website

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