Tennessee preps alternate care site in Nashville to increase COVID-19 hospital capacity in region

If state health officials determine additional hospital capacity is needed in Middle Tennessee, the alternate site will allow space for 67 beds. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
If state health officials determine additional hospital capacity is needed in Middle Tennessee, the alternate site will allow space for 67 beds. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

If state health officials determine additional hospital capacity is needed in Middle Tennessee, the alternate site will allow space for 67 beds. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Tennessee's COVID-19 Unified Command Group announced May 28 plans to establish an alternate care site at Nashville General Hospital to expand hospital capacity for the treatment of coronavirus patients.

State health officials said there is currently no need to activate the alternate site; however, it will be equipped with supplies to treat COVID-19 patients if additional capacity is needed in Middle Tennessee.


“We have put in place a critical resource to meet local COVID-19 patient care needs if required,” Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said in a release. “Our hope is we do not have to activate the Nashville alternate care site; however, Nashville General will keep the facility on standby until TDH and Metro Nashville officials determine the extra patient capacity is needed for the region.”

The alternate care site, which health officials have described as "a hospital within a hospital," occupies two floors of Nashville General Hospital at 1818 Albion St., Nashville, according to a news release. The space provides room for 67 individual beds.

As of May 28, the coronavirus case total across Tennessee has risen to 21,679, according to the latest update from the TDH—an increase of 373 since May 27. Overall, 14,632 patients have recovered from the virus.