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Parkwest clears away original structure

Parkwest Medical Center held a farewell ceremony for its 1973 four-story structure Monday, Aug. 1.

The event marks the beginning of demolition to the original structure.

“While Parkwest now has a brand new facility, many of our employees and physicians spent a majority of their careers in this building,” said Wayne Heatherly, president and CAO, the hospital’s administrator when the doors opened in 1973. “We thought it was appropriate to reflect on its significance and the memories many of us have made within its walls.”

The ceremony included remarks from Heatherly; Tony Spezia, Covenant Health CEO; Lloyd Davis, MD, charter physician; and Margaret Chambers, RN, 30-year charter employee.

Davis told the assembly that in the beginning much talk was made about the hospital’s 1973 façade resembling a motel. Davis added that when he was first taken to the new building with the builder, his reaction was “if I had a thirty-eight, I would have shot him.”

The program ended with the removal of the first piece of the structure by a crane operated by Heatherly, Parkwest’s first employee.

Parkwest Medical Center is a full-service, general acute care facility providing state-of-the-art medical services to the residents of West Knox County as well as Anderson, Blount, Loudon, Monroe and Roane counties. Located on Park West Boulevard in West Knoxville, Parkwest is a member of Covenant Health, the region’s largest not-for-profit healthcare system, and offers award-winning care in cardiology, obstetrics, urology, joint replacement and diagnostics, among others.


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