HUNTSVILLE — The State of Tennessee's Health Services & Development Agency has agreed to a plea from Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals and hospital administrator Tony Taylor to hold an emergency hearing for the purpose of expediting the re-opening of the hospital in Oneida, state Sen. Ken Yager said Friday.

Yager, R-Harriman, said the hearing will be held Tuesday afternoon in Nashville.

Mayor Tibbals and Taylor had jointly sought the hearing on Oct. 24 after it became apparent that the state would not grant Pioneer Health a certificate of need due to its inability to immediately offer OB services at the hospital.

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Tibbals informed Scott County Commission at its meeting earlier in the week that all hospital employees were being notified of an indefinite layoff pending resolution of the matter which, absent an emergency hearing, could have taken until after the first of January. The next scheduled certificate of hearing need was not until Dec. 18.

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Ben Garrett is Independent Herald editor. Contact him at bgarrett@ihoneida.com. Follow him on Twitter, @benwgarrett.