Welcome to the new Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge is one of the first hospitals in East Tennessee to offer cutting-edge treatments and technologies that benefit people with life-threatening aneurysms; severely damaged knee, hip and shoulder joints; sudden heart failure; and non-healing wounds.
The medical center is among the first hospitals in the nation to open comprehensive chest and breast clinics that have reduced the waiting time between suspicion of cancer and beginning of treatment from weeks or months to days. It was also the first hospital in the area to implement a hypothermia protocol which lowers a patient’s body temperature after cardiac arrest to reduce the risk of brain damage. Methodist is also the only medical center in East Tennessee to offer left ventricular assist device support for cardio septic shock and in high-risk heart procedures.
A 301-bed regional medical center, Methodist serves an area that includes nearly 200,000 people in Tennessee and Kentucky. Doctors trained in more than 30 specialties ranging from open heart and neurosurgery to orthopedics and vascular care provide care. This staff represents one of the highest percentages of board-certified physicians in the region.
Nationally Recognized Care and Service
Methodist’s high level of patient care has been recognized at the state and national levels:
One of only 28 out of 1,350 hospitals across the country to receive VHA, Inc.'s Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Forbes.com as one of America’s safest hospitals
Ranked in the top 11% across the nation for core measures
Ranked among the top hospitals nationwide by HealthInsight
2012 Platinum Performance Award from American College of Cardiology ACTION Registry for urgent heart care that is 25 minutes faster than the national benchmark
Joint Replacement Center ranks in the top 10% nationwide for overall quality of care by Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC).
Methodist offers an array of comprehensive services including:
- New 30-bed ortho-neuro unit with specialty joint destination center for hip and knee replacement patients
- New electrophysiology services for minimally invasive cardiac procedures and diagnostic technology such as a 64-slice CT which can capture images of the heart and coronary arteries in as little as five heartbeats.
- Fully accredited sleep diagnostic center staffed with a multi-boarded and fellowship-trained physician and a clinical team comprised 100% of registered polysomnographic technicians
- The first dedicated wound treatment center in the greater Knoxville area to offer hyperbaric oxygen technology to treat chronic non-healing wounds
- Fully deployed surgical robotics program featuring the latest technology for heart, lung, gyn and prostate procedures
- Critical care program offering leading-edge and life-saving treatments for bloodstream infections and brain injuries associated with heart attacks
- One of the first comprehensive chest clinics of its type in the nation--now reducing the time between discovery of possible cancer and treatment from weeks to days
- Individualized occupational, physical and speech therapies, including neurological, orthopedic, vestibular and pediatric rehab
- Regional cancer center offering image-guided radiation therapy, a nationally recognized disease management program, access to clinical trials, personalized patient navigator assistance and formal pain management program and the most experienced provider of high dose rate brachytherapy for women with cervical, uterine and vaginal cancer
Click to learn more about just one of Methodist's newest technology advances!
SpyGlass Fiber Optic Technology Offers Solution for
Hard-to-Detect GI Problems
Health Night: Combating the Sniffles, Sneezing and Stuffiness of Spring
Nearly 40 million Americans have nasal allergies and more than 10 million have allergic asthma. Many of these people will experience runny noses, congestion, itchy and watery eyes, and sneezing as spring kicks into high gear. Those who have allergic asthma also may have to deal with wheezing and coughing. Learn more about spring allergies - risk factors and how to protect yourself - with board-certified and fellowship-trained allergy and immunology specialist Jeffrey Schlactus, MD at Health Night, Tuesday, May 28.
Targeting Cancer Like Never Before: Cone Beam CT
Thompson Cancer Survival Center at Methodist has incorporated Cone Beam technology into its existing linear accelerator, which delivers radiation to cancer patient. This addition allows for more targeted radiation treatments. Used with any type of cancer, Cone Beam CT is more accurate, it reduces side effects to other parts of the body, and it allows for a safer, larger delivery of radiation.
Physicians at Your Fingertips: Methodist offers new Physician Directory
Looking for a doctor? Methodist Medical Center can help. Each year Methodist distributes a free, updated, edition of its Physician Directory, and the 2013 directory is now available.
Healthy Eating is Fun and Delicious with Methodist’s Cooking Classes
We’ve all heard that good eating habits are key to a healthy heart, but what if you don’t know where to begin when it comes to preparing healthy meals or what if you still want to eat the foods you love? Do you have to give up flavor and old family favorites for the sake of your heart? Not at all! Methodist Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab program sponsors Heart-Healthy Cooking Classes, which make preparing healthy meals a quick, tasty, and enjoyable experience. The next class is Monday, May 13. And what's on the menu? Why it's lean country sausage, Swiss-potato bake, and light and fluffy biscuits... and that's just the beginning!
Health Night to Focus on the Burning Issue of GERD
Learn more about GERD and what options exist to treat the condition as Clyde Collins, MD, Oak Ridge’s newest board-certified gastroenterologist, discusses this common digestive disorder during Health Night on the Town, Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Ridge Conference Room of Methodist Medical Center.
Mentoring the next generation of caregivers
Anderson County Youth Leadership recently visited Methodist Medical Center for their class Healthcare Day. While at Methodist, Youth Leadership participants learned about the broad range of careers available in healthcare and gained some hands-on experience as they participated in special lab stations.
March Health Night to focus on emergency heart care
Learn about emergency heart care and how Methodist Medical Center and the Anderson County EMS continue to provide excellent service during Health Night on the Town. Join board-certified interventional cardiologist Dr. Milan Sheth and director of the Anderson County EMS Nathan Sweet on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Ridge Conference Room of Methodist Medical Center.
C’est Fantastique! Methodist’s Casino Night Offers an Evening in Paris
Do you ever dream of jetting off to Paris just for an evening of dining on French food, browsing charming shops and being entertained by street performers and artists? Paris is closer than you think! Join the Methodist Medical Center Foundation for Casino Night 2013: “An Evening in Paris” on Saturday, April 6. Guests will dine bistro-style in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, browse in Les Puces – our auction-version of the famous French flea market, and of course, enjoy friendly casino-style games.
St. Patrick's Pancake Breakfast benefits Methodist Medical Center
The Methodist Medical Center Foundation will host its annual St. Patrick’s Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 16 at Lincoln’s Sports Grille in Oak Ridge from 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Community Health Screening Scheduled for March 19
Covenant Health Check, a community health screening event, will take place Tuesday, March 19 from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at Methodist Medical Center in the Ridge Conference RoomMost screenings are free and discounted blood tests are available.