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The Medical Department is accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and is audited every three years. The Sheriff's Office employees one Registered Nurse Health Administrator, one Registered Nurse, eight Licensed Practical Nurses, and one Medical Clerk. Our adjunct staff includes a Criminal Justice Mental Health Liaison from Frontier Health, and a physician and a dentist who are on call 24 hours a day.

Continuous health care is provided 24 hours a day for the inmates, with at least one nurse on duty at all times. We work in conjunction with the Sullivan County Health Department to provide communicable disease education for the inmates. Frontier Health provides relapse prevention management to inmates with substance abuse issues in an effort to promote abstinence from substance abuse upon their release from jail. We provide health education for chronic medical illnesses and for all related medications prescribed to inmates. All chronic illnesses are monitored closely by regular visits with the physician and nurses, and by laboratory testing. X-rays, EKGs, and ultrasounds are provided on-site by Medical Mobile Diagnostic Services. Obstetric care is provided for all pregnant female inmates by East Tennessee State University of Bristol.

All inmates receive a physical examination including tuberculosis testing within fourteen days of their incarceration. Intake medical screenings are reviewed on every inmate within twelve hours of admission to the facility. Inmates with chronic illnesses who are being released back to the community are provided with medication and discharge plans to continue medical treatment.


Sullivan County Sheriff
P.O. Box 589
Blountville, TN 37617
(423) 279-7500

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