Greene Valley Hospital and School

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Greene Valley Hospital and School
Established 1957
Opened 1960
Closed 2017
Current Status Closed
Building Style Cottage Plan
Location Greeneville, TN
Alternate Names
  • Greene Valley Developmental Center


Opened in 1960 and originally named Greene Valley Hospital and School, GVDC was the first and only state institution for people with intellectual disabilities in East Tennessee. At its height, 1100 people lived there. As options for community care grew, including the introduction of Tennessee’s home and community based waivers, the census at the institution declined.

In 1995, Greene Valley, Clover Bottom and Nat. T Winston Developmental Centers were the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and lawsuit brought by advocates for people with disabilities over conditions at the three institutions. After two decades of work to improve the state’s service delivery system, all parties agreed to an Exit Plan in January 2015, which included the closure of GVDC.