At its Tuesday, May 27 meeting, the Blount Memorial Hospital board of directors unanimously approved a partnership agreement with Cherokee Health Systems to enhance services and resources for the medically underserved in the community.
Effective June 30, the partnership brings together the medical and behavioral health services of the two established providers to form an integrated health care delivery system for the medically underserved in the community under the Good Samaritan Community Health Center name. While the center will continue to provide services at the Good Samaritan Clinic location, 116 Chantilly Lane in Maryville, the center operations will be managed by Cherokee Health Systems. The hours of service and the phone number will remain unchanged.
“For 10 years, we have watched the Good Samaritan Clinic grow and develop into a strong program that provides comprehensive services to our community,” said Blount Memorial Hospital administrator Joseph Dawson. “Extending our hand in partnership with Cherokee Health Systems will provide our patients with access to an integrated approach that will greatly benefit the behavioral health needs of our patients and offer more resources to the clinic for the future. This is an exciting day for us as we address the needs of our community and announce this partnership. We look forward to working together for many years to come.”