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Franklin Woods Community Hospital is an acute care 80-bed hospital located in Johnson City, Tenn.

Franklin Woods (FWCH) has a wide range of specialty and subspecialty care, including general acute medical services, a family birth center, 24/7 emergency services and comprehensive diagnostic imaging. The hospital also provides advanced surgical services, including minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery options.


Franklin Woods Community Hospital has been recognized as a top hospital for its colorectal program and perinatal services.

Perinatal Care Certification

Franklin Woods was the first hospital in Tennessee to earn Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission.

Minimally invasive colorectal surgery

Franklin Woods also received The Joint Commission Seal of Approval ® for minimally invasive colorectal surgery.

It is the only hospital in Tennessee – and one of just five in the nation – to have earned this disease-specific certification.

image: Franklin Woods, Joint Commission award medal

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Hospital services

Offering a full array of services including:

Robotic-assisted surgery

Franklin Woods Community Hospital offers robotic-assisted surgery with the da Vinci®robotic system. This less invasive surgical system significantly reduces the recovery time and pain for patients.

Learn more about robotic-assisted surgery.

Other resources

Medical care and community impact reports

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

Franklin Woods Community Hospital CHNA [PDF – opens in new window]

CMS price transparency

Please visit our Price Transparency page for a full listing of standard charges by facility.

You can learn more about pre-visit coordination and registration here and about payment options here.

Metrics by MS-DRG*

Franklin Woods MS-DRG metrics [PDF, 248KB], fiscal year 2023

View more Ballad Health MS-DRG metrics here.

*MS-DRGs are Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Groups.

Learn more

Expand a section below to read more about Franklin Woods and our community.

Awards and Accreditations

  • Becker’s Hospital Review, rated as a top five-star hospital in the country and the only five-star hospital in the state of Tennessee, December 2017
  • Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification, November 2017
  • Full accreditation from the Joint Commission, 2015
  • Recognized by Truven Health Analytics as one of the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” for two years in a row, 2016 and 2017
  • Recognized in Becker’s Hospital Review 100 Great Community Hospitals
  • Premier Quest High-value Healthcare Finalist, 2012, 2014
  • Sylvia Moss Brown Award of Excellence (awarded to FWCH Pharmacy Services for work to improve patient safety by creating Safety Watch Advisory Teams [SWAT]) by AEIX, 2014 & 2015 (an AEIX risk management award)
  • Recognized in Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 53 hospitals in the U.S. with Best Outcomes for Pneumonia Patients, 2014
  • Women’s Choice Award, one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by Women based on HCAHPS scores and research by Wharton School, 2013
  • Premier Quest High-value Healthcare Top Performer, 2013
  • American Hospital Association – McKesson “Quest for Quality” Prize Finalist (equivalent of 2nd place), 2013
  • AEIX Risk Management Award, 2013
  • Silver certification, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), 2010
  • 22nd Highest Scoring Hospital in the U.S. for Patient Satisfaction among non-specialty, acute-care hospitals, Becker’s Hospital Review, 2013
  • Premier Partnership for Patients Award – Citation of Merit, 2013

CEO Message and Leadership

photo: Trish Baise wearing khaki suit

Franklin Woods Hospital is a community hospital with a wide range of services to meet your needs. I am proud to be able to lead the excellent team that provides the best possible medical care to our patients and families every day. I count it as a privilege to work with the dedicated and experienced nurses, CNAs, physicians and other care team members that walk our halls each day. At Franklin Woods, we are proud to offer patient care with safety as our overriding priority. We work collaboratively to achieve a caring, supportive and safe environment for our patients, visitors and team members. We are also blessed to have a beautiful and modern state of the art facility, and to offer the latest in medical advances, such as our Da Vinci surgical system.

I sincerely hope you have a positive and helpful experience during your stay at Franklin Woods. Continuous improvement is a core facet of our culture here, and we welcome and encourage your feedback so that we can continue to expand and improve the services we provide. I hope you will continue to allow us to provide care for you and your loved ones now, and in the future.


Melanie Stanton, VP, CEO  
Franklin Woods Community Hospital


Melanie Stanton, BSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC – VP, Chief Executive Officer  
Seth Brown, MD – Chief Medical Officer, Washington County facilities, Southwest Market  
Frank Canova, MBA, CHFP, – VP and Chief Financial Officer, Southwest Market  
Stephanie Cook, – Chief Nursing Officer, Associate Administrator  
Rhonda Reeves - Market Director, Human Resources, Southern Market  
Emily Murr - Market Director, Marketing and Communications, Southern Market

Our Community

Johnson City

Bustling with a population of more than 60,000, Johnson City lies just west of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northeast Tennessee. The rugged beauty of the Appalachians surrounds the thriving city that encompasses all of Washington County and parts of Carter and Sullivan counties.

It is known for its rich history (Daniel Boone, Al Capone and railroads), cultural heritage (bluegrass music, quilts and storytelling), outdoor adventure area (hiking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing) and beautiful lakes and mountain vistas. Yet, the eighth largest city in Tennessee also boasts diverse economic and educational opportunities and has become a regional hub for health care, including medical and pharmacy schools associated with East Tennessee State University. The city is also home to a beautiful and historic Veterans Administration campus and hospital.

Food, crafts, music and other entertainment abound at the area’s many annual events such as the Blue Plum Festival (June), Pepsi Independence Day Celebration (July 4), Umoja Festival (August), the Taste of Johnson City (September), the Storytelling Festival (October). Local bands bring the nights alive at popular downtown locations. Exciting day trips to Asheville, Knoxville, Gatlinburg and the ski areas of North Carolina are about an hour away.

All this, an excellent economy and one of the lowest costs of living in the U.S. led Forbes magazine to list Johnson City as one of the “Best Small Cities for Business and Careers.” Kiplinger’s named it one of the “10 Least Expensive Cities for Living in the U.S.A.” Residents and visitors alike are drawn to the big city opportunities and small town atmosphere of Johnson City, a one-of-a-kind town. For more information about the area, go to


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