About Unicoi County Memorial Hospital
History of UCMH
Climaxing years of effort by many citizens of the community, the first patient was admitted to Unicoi County Memorial Hospital on February 1, l 953. The 40-bed structure was built with funds from the city, county, and federal governments.
The first Board of Control, comprised of three representatives elected by the Unicoi County Court and three elected by the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen, met on June 21, 1950. Two years later, the Board’s membership was enlarged to include the Chief of the Hospital Medical Staff.
Several additions have been made to the original hospital structure. Funds donated in memory of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Foreman were used to construct a larger laboratory in 1962. In October of 1969, a 27-bed Long-term Care Unit was opened and in 1977, an additional 19 Long-term beds were added. Also in 1977, a new surgery suite, kitchen, and dining room were added along with complete renovation of all general hospital rooms, the emergency room and Business Office. In 1978, a doctors’ building consisting of two identical suites was built on hospital grounds. A third Suite was added in 1980. In 1982, these buildings were named the Pauline A. Vaughn Medical Building in honor of Mrs. Vaughn who retired after years of service as Administrator. In 1985, hospital services were improved and expanded with the addition of a new laboratory, radiology, and medical records facility. In 1987, a new 2-bed Intensive Care Unit was opened. The fourth doctors’ building was completed in 1989. Also in 1989, the operating and recovery rooms were renovated. In 1990, a CT scanner was installed and the hospital nursing wing completely renovated. In 1993, a new maintenance facility was built and an x-ray addition was added to the doctors’ building. In 1994, the hospital purchased additional land for future expansion and a C-Arm was donated to the hospital by the estate of Annie McFall.
January 1999, saw the completion of the emergency room renovation and the expansion of materials management, offices and several departments. The front of the hospital was improved and renovated in August 2001. In November 2013, Unicoi County Memorial Hospital joined Mountain States Health Alliance.