"Serving the County of Wise, the City of Norton, and the Towns of Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, Coeburn, Pound, St. Paul, and Wise."
Hospitals & Medical Centers
The citizens of Wise County and the City of Norton are served by three modern, conveniently located hospitals: Mountain View Regional Medical Center, a Member of Wellmont Health System and Norton Community Hospital & Mountain State Health Alliance in Norton and Lonesome Pine Hospital, a Member of Wellmont Health System in Big Stone Gap.
Mountain View Regional Medical Center (Mountain View), formerly St. Mary’s Hospital, has served Norton, Virginia and the surrounding region since 1948. The 133-bed, facility joined Wellmont Health System in 2007. This merger has resulted in improved and seamless access to a broader array of physicians and healthcare services for the people of Wise County and the surrounding area, while maintaining compassionate, quality health care.
Mountain View continues to advance in medicine and make strides in technology. The facility provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including 24-hour emergency services, inpatient medical and surgical services, intensive care, outpatient surgical services and long-term care.
Ancillary services offered at Mountain View assist with diagnosis and treatment for patients. Comprehensive laboratory services to care for the medical needs of the community are available in the hospital’s Joint Commission accredited laboratory, which operates under the supervision of a board-certified pathologist. The radiology department offers 24-hour access to diagnostic imaging and includes a recently installed state-of-the-art 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner. Other diagnostic services include ultrasound, accredited mammography services, mobile MRI, bone density, nuclear medicine and position emission topography scanner (PET). Physical rehabilitation services are available and include physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and cardiac rehabilitation. The cardiopulmonary department offers both inpatient and outpatient services including sleep studies to assist patients with sleep disorders.
Mountain View has a dual-certified 44-bed skilled/intermediate long term care unit located within the hospital. The unit is accredited by The Joint Commission. Patients are provided quality, customer friendly care to those in need of short and long stays.
The medical staff of Mountain View consists of over 50 physicians with specialty training in cardiology, dentistry, emergency medicine, family practice, gastroenterology, general medicine, internal medicine, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, podiatry, psychology, pulmonary medicine, radiology, surgery, and urology.
Located in Southwest Virginia in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Norton Community Hospital (NCH) is a 129-bed, acute-care, not-for-profit facility serving Southwest Virginia and Southeastern Kentucky. To improve access to primary care, the hospital also operates four clinics, Community Physicians-Norton, Community Physicians-Coeburn, Community Clinic-Wise, and OccuMed Health Center. The largest facility in the coalfield region, NCH provides a wide array of services through highly trained physicians and support staff. Norton Community Hospital is a partner of Mountain States Health Alliance, a regional healthcare system headquartered in Johnson City, TN which consists of 14 hospitals in Eastern TN and Southwest VA. The hospital is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.
NCH’s medical staff consists of over 80 physicians and surgeons with specialty training in: family practice, internal medicine, ear-nose-throat, general surgery, urology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, geriatric medicine, critical care, cardiology, pulmonology, radiology, oncology, neurology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, obstetrics, gynecology and dentistry.
Programs and services include intensive care/critical care/coronary care, 24-hour emergency room services, pediatric care, laser surgery, outpatient surgery, lithotripsy services, home health, dietary/nutrition support, pharmacy, and pain management. Their radiological services include angiography, mammography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, in-house magnetic resonance imaging unit (MRI), and CT scanner. Families no longer have to follow a path to several rooms when giving birth. The Family Birthing Center has seven (7) LDRP suites that offer comfort, care, and compassion unparalleled in the region. The Regional Lung Center offers pulmonary care, cardiac care, neurology, and sleep medicine. The Regional Rehab Center offers occupational therapy, physical therapy, pulmonary rehab, speech therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, an 11-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit, and a community wellness program.
NCH has enabled businesses to lower their medical care cost through a comprehensive occupational medicine program at OccuMed Health Center. OccuMed offers nursing case management, work-related injury treatment and follow-up, physicals, drug screenings, vaccinations, work-site safety analysis, general health screenings, OSHA regulation compliance assistance, and industrial rehabilitation. Community Home Care offers durable medical equipment such as lift chairs, motorized scooters, limb braces, diabetic supplies, turbans, and a private fitting room for mastectomy fittings.
The Wanda Wampler Center for Women’s Health houses comprehensive women’s health services. The center offers Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, Bone Densitometry, and Mammography.
NCH is an AOA accredited teaching facility, serving as a training hub-site for 3rd year medical students through final year resident participants from Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. The Community Clinic located in the Wise Professional Office Building in Wise, VA is operated by the residents training at Norton Community Hospital.
Lonesome Pine Hospital, located in Big Stone Gap, VA, has been a member of Wellmont Health System since 2007. The community hospital, which has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 100 hospitals for performance improvement, provides a full spectrum of health care services. The hospital continues to grow to better serve the healthcare needs of the community. Lonesome Pine Hospital is a founding member of the Regional Stroke Network, a collaborative effort between several rural hospitals in Southwest Virginia to better care for patients suffering from a stroke.
The hospital is currently undergoing a $5 million expansion and improvement project that will allow the facility to take their level of service higher. This project will increase the number of emergency department exam rooms to 21, replace semi-private emergency department exam rooms with private rooms, add new space for a same-day surgery center, PACU/recovery area and two endoscopy suites, install a new magnetic resonance imaging machine and renovate support areas, and install new windows throughout the entire facility designed to save energy and enhance patient privacy and comfort.
Digital mammography recently became operational at Lonesome Pine. The new equipment will assist in early detection of breast cancer. With digital mammography, the image of the breast is captured electronically and viewed on a computer screen, rather than being recorded on film like a traditional mammogram.
The hospital provides family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, general surgery, orthopedics, ENT, gastroenterology, pulmonology oncology, neurology and a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including radiology, laboratory, blood bank, ophthalmology, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and cancer care at the Southwest Virginia Cancer Center. Lonesome Pine continually recruits top physicians to best serve its patients.
The Southwest Virginia Regional Cancer Center
The Southwest Virginia Regional Cancer Center, which opened in April 1995, relocated in June 2008, to a new state-of-the-art facility located at 671 Highway 58 East, Norton, VA. The center offers a spacious, lodge-like design with a warm, inviting interior. Here, the best in cancer treatment is housed in an environment that is both emotionally and spiritually healing.
The facility offers comprehensive out-patient cancer treatment to patients who have been diagnosed and referred to the facility by their physicians. The center provides a team approach to cancer therapy and provides chemotherapy, radiation therapy, continuing medical education for local physicians, and access to new therapies being researched at major cancer centers. The cancer center offers free cervical, prostate, and skin cancer screenings to the community throughout the year and conducts a fundraiser each year to provide free mammograms for uninsured or underinsured ladies in Southwest Virginia.