Merger: Appalachian Therapy, Cherokee Health & Fitness Center to join Blount Memorial Hospital

The Blount Memorial Hospital board of directors on Tuesday authorized the administrative staff to finalize and execute a contractual arrangement with Appalachian Therapy Centers that would join the hospital’s established outpatient rehabilitation program with Appalachian’s programs on Jan. 1.

The blending of Appalachian Therapy with Blount Memorial will give patients rehabilitation services enhanced program offerings and expertise, according to the companies’ leaders.

Currently, Appalachian Therapy operates three Blount County-based outpatient rehabilitation clinics including the main medical center office located at 829 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, which is adjacent to the hospital’s campus; an Alcoa office located at 264 Joule St.; and a spine clinic at Cherokee Athletic Facility located at 1412 Sevierville Road. As part of the merger, Blount Memorial also will assume ownership of the Cherokee Health and Fitness Center on Sevierville Road.

“The joining of Appalachian Therapy with Blount Memorial Hospital is very much in concert with the hospital’s vision and mission to continuously improve the health and well-being of our entire community and to work in partnership with others for the best interest of our community,” hospital administrator Joe Dawson said. “Appalachian Therapy and Blount Memorial Rehabilitation each have strengths, and, by combining these programs, we now have the best of both rehabilitation programs working together.”

By consolidating the two programs, Appalachian Therapy’s Joe Black agrees with Dawson, saying patients will see an enhancement in the ability of two organizations to provide stellar programs and services in the areas of physical and occupational therapy; speech-language pathology; sports medicine; pediatric rehabilitation; aquatic therapy; wound therapy; neurological and spine therapies; and work-related treatments.

“We can work together and use this partnership to focus our attention on continuing to provide quality care,” Black says. “There are areas where we compliment each other’s offerings, and because of that, true synergies will result from this merger.”

“We are pleased to have Joe (Black) and his staff join us and help fulfill our vision and mission for the community,” Dawson added. “Together, we’ll both be able to offer services more efficiently and comprehensively.”

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