Unity Medical Center Begins Operation on Wednesday

HospitalLast week we reported that the merger of the two Manchester hospitals is complete and operation of the one combined hospital will start July 1. The combination of the two hospitals is intended to unite Manchester’s medical community so the new name of the hospital on Interstate Drive will be renamed Unity Medical Center.
On Wednesday, almost all medical services will take place at the former Medical Center of Manchester with just a few diagnostic services to remain at the former United Regional Medical Center on McArthur Drive until the hospital receives regulatory approval to move those as well. The hospital will close the emergency room at URMC’s current location at midnight Tuesday June 30. So if you are need of emergency services after that date they will only be done at Unity on Interstate Drive. Under Tennessee law, a hospital cannot move or shut down an emergency room without state approval. URMC received approval to shut down its emergency room by the Tennessee Division of Health Licensure and Regulation last September provided the two hospitals had common ownership. The two hospitals notified the state Friday that they would be under common ownership effective July 1, 2015 and the Licensure Board confirmed the transition plan.
An investor group purchased Coffee Medical Center from Coffee County thirteen years ago and renamed it to United Regional Medical Center. Attorney J. Stanley Rogers and his partners built Medical Center of Manchester over 30 years ago.