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Unicoi County Hospital in Erwin, TN, is a not-for-profit, 10-bed modern medical facility.

The hospital is located along the banks of the Nolichucky River, nestled against the Unicoi Mountains in the southern Appalachian mountains.

We offer:

…and many other services, which you can learn more about below.


Our array of medical services includes:

  • 10-bed inpatient unit
  • 24/7 emergency department
  • Bone density testing
  • Cardiology services
  • CT and Open MRI scanning
  • Echocardiography
  • Nuclear medicine services
  • Sleep studies
  • Ultrasound testing
  • Women’s imaging services, including 3D mammography

About the hospital

Proud to be a part of this community, we’re committed to caring for you, your family and your friends close to home.  
That’s why we engaged local vendors and artisans to create a beautiful facility where we can provide the very best healthcare.


To help make your stay more comfortable, the hospital offers:

  • A cafeteria with outdoor seating, featuring views of the Unicoi Mountains
  • A gift shop
  • A lovely chapel and meditation space designed to help visitors relax and find peace in a quiet and beautiful space

Our Approach

The building was created with a holistic view of healing.

We understand that we must consider the whole person – mind, body and spirit – to help you achieve optimal health and wellness.

We’re here when you need us.

Medical care and community impact reports

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

Unicoi County 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*

Unicoi County Hospital MS-DRG metrics [PDF, 81KB], 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 Unicoi County Hospital and our community.

Awards and Accreditations

  • Joint Commission accreditation
  • Unicoi County Hospital Lab certified by The Joint Commission
  • Mammography Department Accredited by the American College of Radiology
  • CT Accredited by the American College of Radiology


Jennifer Harrah – Administrator & Chief Nursing Officer
Dr. Sean Ochsenbein – Chief Medical Officer  
Rhonda Reeves - Market Director, Human Resources, Southern Market  
Emily Murr - Market Director, Marketing and Communications, Southern Market


Unicoi County Memorial Hospital admitted its first patient in Feb. 1953, after years of effort to open a community hospital. The hospital was built with funds from the city, county and federal governments.

Since then, the hospital has seen many additions and renovations, including the addition of the long-term care unit in 1969. Then in 1977, that unit was expanded.

The Pauline A. Vaughn Medical Building was opened in 1978. It is named in honor of one of the hospital’s longtime administrators.

The hospital added an intensive care unit in 1987. And its first CT scanner was installed in 1990.

In November 2013, Unicoi County Memorial joined Mountain States Health Alliance, solidifying what was already a longtime relationship.

Construction of the new Unicoi County Hospital began in 2016. The project was completed in October 2018 as part of Ballad Health.

This new facility was built with locally sourced materials and decorated with works from the local community to honor the region’s rich heritage.


Unicoi County, named for the Native American word for “smoky” or “foggy” is nestled in northeast Tennessee and surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest. Adventurists and families (and adventurous families!) find the county a wonderland of nature hosting 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail, white water rafting on the Nolichucky River through the deepest gorge in the country, waterfalls, bike trails, trout and bass fishing sweet spots, antique shopping, parks, historical sites and much more. Annual festivals celebrating locally grown apples, strawberries and ramps (a type of wild onion) draw crowds of thousands to the area for the celebrations.

Settled in the mid-1700s, both the county and the town of Erwin were created in 1875 on former Cherokee hunting grounds. Today, the area is home to a population of more than 18,000. A strong spirit of family and local pride abound among Unicoi County residents. Yet, a welcoming spirit invites the outdoor adventurists who come to enjoy the natural beauty and the excitement of events held in the area.

Good schools and outstanding local healthcare facilities make Unicoi County a good place to call home. The area is within minutes of Johnson City, home of Johnson City Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, and Niswonger Children’s Hospital. Other regional magnets within minutes of Unicoi County include Bristol Motor Speedway, the Blue Ridge Parkway, historic Jonesborough – Tennessee’s oldest town and home to the International Storytelling Center, East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, and many more.

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