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Posted by: Chelsea Bennett on May 24, 2019

The only hospital in Jamestown and Fentress County, Regional Medical Center, is struggling to remain open despite being purchased last year by Florida-based lab company, Rennova Health, Modern Healthcare reports. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) learned of various problems faced by the hospital when the state investigated staff complaints over not getting paid as well as the electricity being turned off. A CMS inspection in February found the hospital owed over $3 million to 165 vendors, and 11 had stopped providing services, including the food services vendor and anesthesia provider. CMS threatened revoking Medicare billing privileges unless the hospital fixed the deficiencies. Fentress County’s ambulance services are still being diverted to hospitals in other cities, around 40 minutes to an hour away. Rennova also owns two other hospitals in Tennessee, including purchasing the newly renamed Big South Fork Medical Center out of bankruptcy in 2017 and Jellico Community Hospital in March.