Rhea County is fortunate to have its own well-equipped 49-bed hospital with a 24-hour emergency room, several clinics, an 89-bed nursing home, and a group of health care specialists to cover just about any medical need, eliminating the need to travel far distances for quality health care.
County-owned Rhea Medical Center (RMC) in Dayton is managed by Quorum Health Resources, Inc. and operated by a board of directors. RMC was accredited in 1999 by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of HealthCare Organizations and in 2002 received a perfect score with no recommendations on its accreditation review.
Its medical staff offers care in family practice, internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, plastic surgery, orthopedics and gynecology. Visiting specialists provide service in ENT, orthopedics, podiatry, OB/GYN, urology and general surgery. Other services at RMC include a radiology department that provides numerous imaging services such as MRI, bone mineral density, ultrasound, mammography, and nuclear medicine. RMC also operates an outpatient physical therapy center, managed by Professional Therapy Services of Tennessee, LLC.
Regional trauma centers are located at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. Both facilities offer helicopter ambulance services during crisis situations. RMC has its own helipad for use by these regional helicopters.
In addition to the Rhea County Nursing Home, there are two other nursing home, four assisted living centers, one retirement resort, and four agencies offering home health care services.
The Rhea County Health Department, which is jointly funded by the Tennessee Department of Health and Rhea County government, offers immunizations, testing and check-ups for children, along with many other services.
Mental health services are provided through Rhea County Mental Health Center. The center, located in Dayton, provides counseling and rehabilitative services to children and adults.