Unicoi County Hospital adds primary care services, accepting new patients

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ERWIN, TENN. (WJHL) – In a move six months in the making, Unicoi County Hospital debuted the latest addition to the facility Thursday afternoon – a primary care clinic.

Unicoi County Hospital administrator Eric Carroll said the hospital is the next step in providing care for the community in Unicoi County. 

“We do have other primary care providers in the area, but many of those are at capacity or close to capacity,” he said. “We feel that having a primary care physician here at the facility gives patients great access to care.” 

Dr. Rebecca Sacora snipped the ribbon to a round of applause, but she’s already been seeing patients for a few weeks. A Kentucky native, Sacora decided to stay in the area after finishing her residency at East Tennessee State University. 

After deciding to pursue medicine, she said there was something about serving a rural community that always appealed to her.

“With rural care, you can be one doctor and have to do it all,” she said. “So for instance, yesterday I saw a nine-month-old who needed some vaccines, and I saw a 90-year-old who needed to have general wellness care and everything in between.”

The clinic is now open and accepting patients. For more information about Dr. Sacora and Ballad Health Medical Associates, visit www.balladhealth.org or call 423-735-4080.

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