Whether you have a broken ankle or need emergency surgery, Bristol Regional Medical Center is ready to help. Part of the Wellmont Health System, this facility has more than 300 beds and more than 100 medical professionals who serve the area. They provide a wide range of services, including general practice, cardiology, registered dietitians, neurology, obstetrics, podiatry, pulmonary, and optometry. There are also nearly 30 dentists, with specialties in maxillofacial surgery and children’s dentistry. The Center has served the needs of thousands of patients since it opened in 1994, not only in Bristol but in the tri-state area.
Bristol is an outstanding place for children to attend public school. Student test scores are in the top 10 percent in the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program. The school system received the Governor's A+ Award for Excellence in Education. The city is also the home of King College, an institution recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the finest liberal arts colleges in America. A Presbyterian tradition college, it has integrated faith and education for more than a century. The results speak for themselves: More than 90 percent of graduates are accepted at the university of their choice to continue their education.
Something for Everyon
There are more than 30 parks and recreation areas in Bristol, so there is always something for residents to enjoy when the sun is shining. Hiking, biking, camping, swimming, water skiing, and many other activities are available in the nearby forests, mountains, and at the lakes. Nature lovers can also explore Bristol Cavers and the Appalachian Trail. If you enjoy auto racing, Bristol Motor Speedway hosts two NASCAR races a year attended by around 100,000 fans. There is also championship drag racing events sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association. Vendors sell food, drinks, and plenty of racing memorabilia.