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Community Hospital Corporation Announces New Relationship with Jellico Community Hospital

Plano, Texas – (February 23, 2015) – Community Hospital Corporation has finalized a new relationship with Jellico Community Hospital (JCH), a member of Adventist Health System (AHS), and the City of Jellico, to lease and operate the hospital. Agreements were signed on February 20, 2015 to transfer JCH from AHS to CHC. CHC has also negotiated a new long-term lease of the hospital facility from the City of Jellico.


Under the agreements, Jellico Community Hospital, Jellico, Tenn., as well as the hospital’s CarePlus Center, Williamsburg, Ky., will become a part of CHC effective May 1, 2015. CHC and AHS will begin immediately, working collaboratively to ensure a smooth transition.


CHC owns, manages and provides support to 20 community hospitals nationwide, which becomes 21 hospitals strong with JCH. CHC is committed to community hospital success and brings significant staff expertise in all areas of hospital and clinic operations and management. CHC’s experts will be working hard on transition planning along with AHS and JCH staff.


“We share JCH’s compassion and mission ‘to provide more than quality healthcare’,” said Mike Williams, CHC’s president and CEO. “Throughout our due diligence process, we’ve been very impressed with the quality of JCH physicians and employees and their commitment to providing excellent healthcare to this community.”


AHS notified JCH on May 1, 2004 that they would be ending its lease agreement with the City, providing one year’s notice to allow ample time for a successful transition. The JCH Steering Committee received and evaluated a number of responses to its RFP for strategic affiliation. In September 2014, the JCH Steering Committee voted unanimously to hold discussions exclusively with CHC as the best match to serve JCH and carry the hospital’s mission forward.


Jimm Bunch, chairman of the board, JCH, said, “We have been proud to serve the community of Jellico for 40 years but the financial pressures and hardship of managing a small community hospital without the partnership and resources of a larger system within the region are no longer sustainable. We are pleased that CHC will embrace and further our mission in this community.”


As a full-service hospital, JCH provides area residents with comprehensive services, including: diagnostic imaging, radiology, surgery (general, gynecological and vascular), nuclear medicine, wound care and hyperbaric medicine, maternity care, intensive care, emergency care, and physical therapy. JCH is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and complies with the Commission’s rigorous standards of excellence. JCH’s balance of up-to-date practices and small-town feel helps to fulfill its mission to provide compassionate and skilled healthcare.


CHC has also entered into a clinical affiliation agreement with Baptist Health, headquartered in Louisville, Ky., which creates opportunity for local collaboration on clinical and program development. CHC and Baptist Health already collaborate for long term acute care through ContinueCARE Hospital at Baptist Health Corbin, located 30 miles north of Jellico.


“We are delighted to join this alliance to serve the people of Jellico and the surrounding region,” said Baptist Health CEO Stephen Hanson. “Increasingly, we are looking for relationships that can demonstrate the value and benefits of the Baptist Health network working in collaboration with local healthcare providers to deliver quality care close to home to better serve their communities. I know our leadership at Baptist Health Corbin is eager to make this a long and fruitful relationship for all concerned.”


About Community Hospital Corporation – HELP WHERE HOSPITALS NEED IT®

Community Hospital Corporation owns, manages and consults with hospitals through three distinct organizations – CHC Hospitals, CHC Consulting and CHC ContinueCARE, which share a common purpose to guide, support and enhance the mission of community hospitals and healthcare providers. Based in Plano, Texas, CHC provides the resources and experience community hospitals need to improve quality outcomes, patient satisfaction and financial performance. For more information about CHC, please visit www.communityhospitalcorp.com.


About Jellico Community Hospital

Jellico Community Hospital located in Jellico, Tenn., is a 54-bed acute care facility and has provided quality healthcare to the community and region since 1974. A member of Adventist Health System, based in Altamonte Springs, FL, the mission of JCH is to provide more than quality healthcare; patients and families are cared for by individuals dedicated to reflecting the compassion of Christ. JCH provides the latest medical technology and offers complete comprehensive healthcare from highly skilled physicians, nurses and professional staff.


About Baptist Health

Contact: Debbie Hardin, Dhardin@bhsi.com (606) 523.8540

Founded in 1924 in Louisville, Kentucky, Baptist Health is a full-spectrum health system dedicated to improving the health of the communities it serves. The Baptist Health family consists of eight hospitals (seven owned and one managed); employed and independent physicians; more than 250 outpatient facilities and services, including urgent care and retail-based clinics; outpatient diagnostic and surgery centers; home care; occupational medicine and physical therapy clinics; and fitness centers. Its subsidiary, Bluegrass Family Health, provides health insurance, managed care services and administrative services to employers, employees and their dependents, serving more than 300,000 members in Kentucky and surrounding states. Baptist Health’s seven owned hospitals include more than 2,100 licensed beds in Corbin, La Grange, Lexington, Louisville, Madisonville, Paducah and Richmond. Baptist Health manages Hardin Memorial Hospital, a 300-bed hospital in Elizabethtown. Baptist has recently grown its physician network to more than 450 employed physicians and more than 1,600 independent physicians. It employs more than 16,000 people in Kentucky and surrounding states.


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