In the beginning, Saltville was a company town with Olin Chemicals. Olin owned and controlled everything such as the town government, banks, utilities, general store, rental properties, schools and healthcare. Due to EPA regulations, Olin closed their Saltville operations resulting in the loss of 1,500 jobs and health insurance benefits to employees and their families. Olin left all of their assets to the Town of Saltville, except the schools and hospital building. Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems originally began as one site in 1979, the Saltville Medical Center. Since that time, additional sites and services have been added to provide comprehensive primary health care to residents in our area, regardless of ability to pay and insurance status.
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