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We Have Access to Quality Healthcare

Russell County has multiple layers of healthcare by virtue of having two major hospital systems in the region and two substantial family medical clinics operating within its borders. The hospital systems and clinics in our county are listed below.

Major Hospital Systems with Facilities in Russell County

Family Medical Clinics in Russell County

Both of the major hospital systems shown above have tertiary hospitals in Northeast Tennessee that are classified as Level 1 Trauma Centers. The hospitals are also acute-care teaching facilities affiliated with East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine. Read more about the hospital systems below.

Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA)

The MSHA-operated Russell County Medical Center is located right in the Town of Lebanon in Russell County. Johnson City Medical Center, located in Tennessee, is its tertiary referral center. If needed, MSHA can provide rapid transport through its Wings Air Rescue, a fleet of helicopter ambulances.

Other MSHA facilities also operating in Southwest Virginia and within close proximity to Russell County are Johnston Memorial Hospital (Abingdon), Norton Community Hospital (City of Norton), Smyth County Community Hospital (Marion), and Dickenson Community Hospital (Clintwood).

Wellmont Health System

Wellmont Health System, headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, operates several facilities in Southwest Virginia, including Wellmont Urgent Care in the Town of Lebanon. This system’s tertiary referral center is Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport (about an hour away) – to which patients can be transported quickly via WellmontOne and MedFlight II air services.

Wellmont Health System also runs two other medical facilities in nearby Wise County: Mountain View Regional Medical Center (City of Norton) and Lonesome Pine Hospital (Big Stone Gap).

Notably, Wellmont also operates Bristol Regional Medical Center in Northeast Tennessee, which offers CyberKnife and da Vinci robotic surgery systems as part of cancer treatment at the J.D. and Lorraine Nicewonder Cancer Center.

Other Hospitals in Southwest Virginia

Clinch Valley Medical Center, part of LifePoint Health, is located in neighboring Tazewell County and also provides general medical and surgical care in the region.


Additional Information

  • In Russell County itself, 20 physicians and four dentists maintain practices. More than 200 physicians and about 50 dentists serve the extended seven-county, one-city e-Region of Southwest Virginia.
  • Both Holston Valley Medical Center (Kingsport) and Johnson City Medical Center in the nearby Tri-Cities were ranked among the top 10 hospitals in Tennessee by U.S. News & World Report in 2014. The facilities are located about an hour’s drive from Russell County and managed by major hospital systems that serve Southwest Virginia.
  • The Southwest Virginia Cancer Center in Norton, Virginia, is part of the larger Wellmont Cancer Institute, which provides the latest in oncology treatments and services in the region.
  • Kissito Healthcare Maple Grove, the only skilled rehab and nursing home facility in Russell County, holds Medicare’s prestigious 5-STAR Rating – a designation achieved by only about 10 percent of all nursing homes in the country.