Change in services coming to Turkey Creek Medical Center by spring

Turkey Creek Medical Center, along with other Tennova Healthcare hospitals in the Greater Knoxville area, is undergoing changes to its line-up of services to “enhance care and the experience of patients and physicians” in those hospitals.

Under Tennova Healthcare, its parent company, Turkey Creek Medical Center no longer will operate its obstetrician services as of April 27, Lance Boyd, TCMC chief operating officer, announced during a Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce networking Feb. 8.

“We will not be delivering babies anymore,” Boyd said. Instead, the deliveries will be made at Physicians Regional Hospital, where the childbirth services are being relocated.

“Turkey Creek will convert its existing obstetrical beds to general medical/surgical beds, create additional operating rooms and add intensive care unit beds to accommodate increased and more complex general and cardiovascular surgical cases from Physicians Regional,” Russell R. Mariott, Tennova Healthcare vice president of marketing and development, stated in a press release.

Concurrently, Boyd said he is excited to announce Turkey Creek Medical Center is expanding its cardio services and will be “doing all Tennova open heart surgeries” in that hospital.

In months ahead, Tennova Healthcare will start consolidating a majority of its acute inpatient services to North Knoxville and Turkey Creek Medical Centers, where the system will renovate existing infrastructure “to support care for more patients in targeted service lines,” Mariott stated.

Boyd assured Chamber networking attendees, “We are growing here, but none of our other services are going away.”

Turkey Creek will maintain all its other existing services, he said. Among those are the gynecological services in the Women’s Pavilion and orthopedic.