Ivy Hall Nursing Home does not presently have any positive Covid-19 cases with staff or residents nor residents or staff with any signs or symptoms. Out of an abundance of commitment to the resident safety, Ivy Hall Nursing Home under the direction of our Medical Director, Dr. Jonathan Bremer, had begun Covid-19 testing facility wide before the state recently required it statewide. Our facility believed it was appropriate to proactively test all staff and residents, even though they did not have any symptoms.

As earlier stated, very few of initial facility wide tests came back positive. The health department retested these individuals, and all such testing came back negative for Covid-19 infection. As the state has now committed to facility wide testing, the health department is currently conducting another round of facility wide testing at our facility.

We have been asked why Ivy Hall Nursing Home shows up on the listing of Tennessee facilities known to have COVID infection. The initial test results were reported to the state before we realized we had any problem with the testing. We have been told that the earlier tests showing positive for COVID by default placed us on this list even though immediate follow-up testing of the individuals done by the health department showed no infection for the virus. We have requested that Ivy Hall be appropriately removed as the earlier errored results were what we refer to as false positives. However, we do not know when or if the listing will be corrected to reflect that Ivy Hall Nursing Home currently has no COVID-19 infection in its facility.

Ivy Hall Nursing Home continues to follow Joint Commission, CDC, and CMS guidelines and working closely with the Tennessee Department of Health.


Ivy Hall Nursing Home in Elizabethton, TN reports it does not have any staff or residents testing positive with Covid-19. Under the direction of the facility’s Medical Director, Dr. Jonathon Bremer, the facility chose to proactively test its staff and residents.

On April 24th, unfortunately, the facility had 3 staff members and one resident test with a positive result from the lab, which is using one of the CDC recommended type of tests. Upon discovery of the test results, the resident was placed in strict isolation, the employees remained at home in quarantine and the facility reported the results to the health department. Ivy Hall Nursing Home has been working closely with the department of health and following the CMS, CDC guidelines.

Upon further testing by the department of health and the state lab, the employee and resident test results were found negative for Covid -19 and the tests were ruled false positives, which means the employees and resident did not have Covid-19. Although it was unfortunate to get a false positive result, which can happen with Covid-19 tests, Ivy Hall Nursing Home’s staff and residents were relieved to learn they did not have the Covid-19 virus in the facility. The facility chose to know rather than ignore the possibility of someone carrying the virus in the facility. The facility remains committed to that approach.

The next round of proactive testing of staff and residents will be conducted by the facility and sent to the health department for their state lab to process the results. The facility is very appreciative of our health department’s assistance.

Ivy Hall Nursing Home is a CMS Five Star Rated and Joint Commission Accredited facility that will remain vigilant protecting our residents and staff by following CDC guidelines and being proactive.

We covet your prayers and support as our healthcare facility along with all in our local region and nation contend with this virus.

Coronavirus Health & Safety Precautions

The health, well-being, and safety of residents remains our facility’s number one priority.  As a measure of caution for our elderly population that is vulnerable, we are limiting visitors to our building at this time. We strive to provide as much protection to our residents as possible, especially during this challenging time. Others who wish to visit, in a critical circumstance situation, will need to be cleared by our administrator and director of nursing.

We take these steps not to cause anxiety or concerns on behalf of residents or loved ones, but to let everyone know we are committed to doing everything reasonably possible to provide a setting emphasizing sound health.

Who We Are


Caregivers You Can Trust

Caring and commitment come from the heart and result in our residents being treated with the dignity, courtesy and compassion that everyone deserves. Every day we strive to remember that no job is "small" or "unimportant". Attending to details and realizing that a person's need for compassion and dignity does not lessen with age or infirmity is key to the level of compassionate care that we provide. Our residents become our friends and we try to ensure that each one lives to the fullest of his or her abilities. 


Experienced and Supportive

Ivy Hall Nursing Home provides individualized long-term care in a comfortable and friendly environment. Residents receive care that maintains human dignity and preserves a sense of freedom, identity, and independence. Our leadership is committed to creating a supportive environment for staff that cares for residents. Our staff is committed to treating residents with kindness and respect. All strive to create a climate of safety, trust, and respect for our residents and staff. Dedicated and caring clinical staff functions as an inter-disciplinary team of professionals who provide residents with an atmosphere that promotes physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well being. 

Joint Commission Gold Seal


The Joint Commission awards its Gold Seal exclusively to facilities meeting strict criteria for care and services provided to residents. Because of the rigorous examination process, just 6% of nursing facilities nationwide earn this honor. Ivy Hall Nursing Home is pleased to also join such world-renown hospitals as Johns Hopkins, The Mayo Clinic, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Duke University Hospital, and the Cleveland Clinic Center in attaining The Joint Commission Gold Seal.