Starr Regional Medical Center
Population: 3,488 :: Service Area: 20,000
The Gateway to the Cherokee National Forest, Etowah provides a high quality of lifestyle, surrounded by mountains with natural resources providing entertainment for all ages.
Starr Regional Medical Center is a 190 bed acute care facility with campuses in Etowah and Athens. The Etowah campus serves the area of McMinn, Monroe, Polk and Meigs counties with a 24/7 Emergency Department, Senior Care Unit, Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory Services. The Etowah campus also has an 88-bed skilled and long term care nursing home, McMinn Memorial Nursing Home and Rehab Center, as well as a wound care center, geriatric psychiatric unit and other services.
Etowah is an antique shopper’s delight with many shops located along Highway 411 and its side streets. The L&N Depot is the hub of all social activity in the community and plays host to many events throughout the year, including arts and crafts festivals, concerts and the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. Education is an important priority for Etowah. Two elementary schools serve the Etowah area, as well as McMinn Central High School. In nearby Athens, Tennessee Wesleyan College anchors the downtown area. The University of Tennessee at both Knoxville and Chattanooga are within easy commuting distance. Also, Cleveland State Community College has a satellite location in Athens and the Workforce Development Center offers several 2-year degree programs and courses. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Athens also provides a wide range of programs and certifications.
Whether you fish, hunt, hike or golf, Etowah provides a host of recreational opportunities. The area is blessed with majestic mountains, vast forests and many miles of rivers and lake shorelines. The nearby beautiful Ocoee River is famous for its white-water rafting and kayaking, and the Tellico River is one of the most scenic trout streams in America. Hiking, fishing and camping are also available at Bald River Falls and in the Cherokee National Forest. Many swimming and tennis facilities and four golf courses, including Ridgewood Golf Club, Springbrook Golf and Country Club, White Oaks Golf Course and Rock Springs Golf Course, are available in McMinn County. Located nearby is the Lost Sea, the world’s largest underground lake. Watts Bar Lake is a 39,000-acre recreation area that offers sailing, water skiing or fishing. Etowah has a host of city parks and recreation features, including the Etowah Community Center and its workout facilities, batting cage, rock climbing wall and gymnasium.