North Knoxville Medical Center plans expansion


POWELL, Tenn. (WATE) – A ceremony for the expansion of Tennova North Knoxville Medical Center has kicked off with the announcement of a $67.5 million construction project adding a new four-story patient tower and expanded health services for Knox County. The project is expected to be completed in 2024.

North Knoxville Medical Center CEO Colin McRae shared project highlights with guests at Tuesday’s ceremony.

The medical center will expand into a 98,000 square foot patient tower, including 28 intensive care beds, 28 adult acute beds, an expanded emergency department with observation, new meeting space and shell space. Tennova will renovate and improve spaces in the existing building, including the pharmacy, lab, materials, and facility support areas.

“Our community is thriving and the horizon for growth is bright,” McRae said. “Tennova North Knoxville Medical Center began planning for this project in mid-2020 and it is the first major bed extension outside of the original structure, which opened in 2007. This project has was a collaboration of many people and we are grateful for all that helped make this happen, many of whom are here today. It is an honor to be here together to celebrate this investment and our role in caring for our community. I am grateful for the commitment and dedication of our physicians and employees who provide quality care with compassion every day.

Speakers included Jeff Bagwell, President of Powell BPA and member of the Tennova Board of Directors, Frank Beuerlein MD and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs. Elected officials, community leaders and personalities were also present at the ceremony.

“The legacy of generations of doctors, nurses and the entire Tennova team has laid a solid foundation upon which this expansion will be built,” said Tony Benton, general manager of Tennova East Market. “Our groundbreaking work represents continued growth and development of our healthcare system to meet the needs of our community. We can take pride in knowing that the Tennova East market has left a positive mark on our communities and that we have made a positive difference in the lives of so many patients. As we look to our future, we will continue to deliver on our promise – that when people in our communities need health care, Tennova will always be there for them. We will make the generations that came before us proud of the health care system we are becoming. We are Tennova Strong.

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