Whitesburg KY

Employees to lock Jenkins hospital

Past and present employees at Jenkins Community Hospital were expected to gather at the facility at midnight tonight (Wednesday) to mark its official closing.

Kingsport, Tenn.-based Wellmont Inc. sold the hospital last month to Appalachian Re- gional Healthcare Inc., which has said it will continue to operate the facility as a medical clinic but not as a hospital.

Wellmont staff stopped admitting patients to the hospital on Sunday.

A former Wellmont employee who was not rehired by ARH told

The Mountain Eagle that when the few remaining Wellmont employees end their last shift tonight they will walk out of the building and lock the doors behind them.

ARH is expected to open its new clinic in Jenkins on Friday (May 1).

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