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Unicoi County Memorial Hospital


100 Greenway Circle
Erwin, TN 37650


Unicoi County Memorial Hospital has provided high-quality medical care to Unicoi County and parts of Western North Carolina since 1953. The community has at its service a 24-hour emergency department plus radiology and diagnostic imaging, various rehabilitation services, and a 46-bed long-term care facility recognized for its quality care. 

View the live webcam feed of construction of our NEW Unicoi County Hospital


Medical Services

In the medical unit at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, we care for patients with acute or chronic medical diagnoses, including respiratory conditions (such as pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, tuberculosis), gastro-intestinal disease, diabetes, cardiovascular problems including chest pain and congestive heart failure, arthritis, anemia and infectious disease. We also use telemetry technology to monitor patients who have heart rhythm problems.  

Emergency Services

Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging

Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy


Our laboratory department cares for both inpatients and outpatients, including children and older adults. The laboratory is equipped with advanced diagnostic tools and procedures to meet the laboratory testing needs of patients and physicians. Our laboratory services include:

  • Hematology
  • Coagulation
  • Urinalysis
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Limited bacteriology
  • Immunohematology
  • Serology
  • Pathology 


Respiratory therapy services provide inpatient and outpatient clinical services including:

  • Medical gas therapy
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Aerosol therapy
  • Incentive spirometry
  • Mechanical centilation
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
  • Bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP)
  • Bronchopulmonary segmental drainage
  • Airway management


We offer the following diagnostic services, as prescribed by your physician:

  • Pulmonary function test
  • Treadmill stress test
  • EKG
  • Arterial blood gases
  • Sputum indications
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Holter monitoring
  • Audiogram

Sleep Lab

The sleep lab at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital provides a full range of sleep testing to help your doctor decide how to help your sleep better. Our services include:

  • Nocturnal polysomnograms
  • Split night sleep studies
  • Multiple sleep latency tests
  • Maintenance of wakefulness test


Awards and Accreditations
  • Joint Commission accreditation
  • Long-term care unit received 4-star rating by Medicare’s Nursing Home Data Compare
  • Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Lab certified by The Joint Commission
  • Mammography Department Accredited by the American College of Radiology
  • CT Accredited by the American College of Radiology

Dwayne Taylor, VP/Chief Executive Officer, Southeast Market
Eric Carroll, Administrator
Kent Wright, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Southeast Market
Chase Wilson, Chief Financial Officer, Southeast Market
Cindy Verzi, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Southeast Market
Kellee Blevins, Manager, Human Resources
Corey Paulson, Director of Marketing & Communications, Southeast Market
April Jones, RN, Director of Nursing
Tammy Edwards, Administrator, Unicoi County Nursing Home


Unicoi County Memorial Hospital admitted its first patient on Feb. 1, 1953, following years of effort to create a community hospital. The 40-bed structure was built with funds from the city, county and federal governments.

The hospital has seen numerous additions and renovations over the decades, including the addition of the long-term care unit in 1969 and an enlargement to it in 1977. The Pauline A. Vaughn Medical Building, located behind the hospital, was opened in 1978 and subsequently enlarged. It is named in honor of one of the hospital’s longtime administrators. The hospital added an intensive care unit in 1987, and the first CT scanner was installed in 1990.

In November 2013, Unicoi County Memorial Hospital joined Mountain States Health Alliance, solidifying what was already a longtime relationship. Planning has begun for the construction of a new hospital to replace the current one. With a location on Temple Hill Road at Exit 40 next to I-26, the new hospital is scheduled to open in 2018.


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 health care 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. 

For more information about Unicoi County and the surrounding area visit:



Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment (PDF) - Opens in new window


Patients & Visitors

Maps & Directions

100 Greenway Circle
Erwin, TN 37650

Map & Directions
Parking lot next to the hospital.


Phone: (423) 743-3141

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Visiting Hours

No set visiting hours except in ICU


If you need to spend the night in Erwin or are looking for refreshment while visiting at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, see our Amenities page.


What's New

Friday, July 13, 2018

New Niswonger Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network partnership

Niswonger Children’s Hospital is now the regional affiliate of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which makes it the recipient of all local fundraising, retail partnerships and sponsorship support.  ... read more about New Niswonger Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network partnership.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Bristol Regional offers safe sitter babysitting course

Bristol Regional Medical Center will be hosting a child care safety course for girls and boys, ages 11-15 and curriculum is done through Safe Sitter Inc., to provide life skills, safety skills, and child care training. ... read more about Bristol Regional offers safe sitter babysitting course.