West Tennessee Healthcare is moving its orthopedic services to WTH North Hospital in Jackson, the organization announced in a press release Thursday afternoon.
The hospital’s women’s and children’s services are moving to the main campus at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
The North Hospital is the former Tennova facility that was acquired in 2018 when WTH purchased facilities in Jackson, Dyersburg and Martin.
“We are very excited about the expansion of orthopedic services in our new location,” said Deann Thelen, Vice-President Hospital Services. “Growth in the orthopedic service line is predicted to increase drastically over the next few years, and our existing facilities do not allow for us to accommodate the number of patients we expect to treat.”
In addition, freeing up space previously occupied by orthopedics at JMCGH will allow for future renovation and expansion of women’s and children’s services, such as the neonatal ICU and the pediatrics unit.
“Providing high quality healthcare for women and children across our region continues to be a priority for us, and the ability to improve access and expand our services for these patients so they can stay close to home is critical to our mission,” said Tina Prescott, Chief Nursing Officer.
North Hospital will continue to provide high quality services for emergency patients and inpatients during the planning period and after the relocation of orthopedic services. Outpatient services such as radiology and laboratory services will continue to be available at the north location, also.
“Due to the need for renovations at both facilities to accommodate expanded services, there is no definitive date on the completion of the relocations at this time,“ said James Ross, President and CEO. “Further plans are being developed by staff, physicians, and architects to determine the most efficient design possible in order for us to continue our mission of improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve.”