United Regional Medical Center and Medical Center of Manchester Plan to Combine Operations on July 1, 2015 as Unity Medical Center United Regional Medical Center (URMC) and Medical Center of Manchester (MCM) plan to combine operations on July 1 under the name  Unity Medical Center. On July 1, almost all medical services will be transferred to 481 Interstate Drive with just a few diagnostic services to remain at 1001 McArthur St. until the hospital receives regulatory approval to move those as well. The hospital will close the emergency room at URMC’s current location at midnight on June 30. URMC CEO Martha McCormick  will head the new hospital as Chief Executive Officer. “We have been carefully planning for this transition for the past several months and look forward to a smooth and effective transition. Change can be difficult to accept and to manage, but, in this case, the goal is well worth the effort,” she said. Bobby Couch, who has been named the Chief Operating Officer of Unity, said added, “The energy level in both buildings is very high right now. We have developed a strong transition plan focused on delivering excellent patient care and are very confident that we will be successful.” During a meeting with the Times, hospital officials announced that Dr. Jay Trussler would be Chief of Staff. Under Tennessee law, a hospital cannot move or shut down an emergency room without state approval. URMC received approval to shut down its emergency room by the Tennessee Division of Health Licensure and Regulation last September provided the two hospitals had common ownership. The two hospitals notified the state earlier today that they would be under common ownership effective July 1 and the Licensure Board confirmed the transition plan. An investor group led by Dr. Wendell McAbee and Ashoke “Bappa” Mukherji purchased Coffee Medical Center from Coffee County thirteen years ago and renamed it to United Regional Medical Center. “When we bought the hospital, it was always our plan to expand services and modernize the facility,” explained Dr. McAbee. He continued, “The combination is the best way to develop a first class healthcare facility for the citizens of Manchester.” J. Stanley Rogers, President of MCM, commented: “Putting these two hospitals together is long overdue. This is a wonderful way to unite our medical community and bring additional services to Manchester.” Rogers and his partners built MCM thirty-one years ago. McAbee, Rogers and Mukherji have been appointed to the Board of Directors of Unity Medical Center. Mukherji, who would oversee the integration of the two facilities, stated: “This combination is the first of a series of exciting developments bringing additional medical services to Manchester.”  

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