Johnson City Medical Center | News Article

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Johnson City Health Resources Center celebrates 20 years of helping people live healthier lives

HRC staff members (from left): June Holland, outreach partner; Pam King, RN; Crystal West, RDN; Laurel McKinney, RN, manager; Jeanne Clarke, RN, who has been with HRC since it opened 20 years ago; Doreen Lancaster, RN; Crystal Rush, outreach partner.

Fiddlin' Carson Peters performed at the celebration.
















JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Health Resources Center at The Mall at Johnson City turned 20 years old last week, and the center celebrated with an anniversary party that included live music, refreshments and plenty of reminiscing.

The HRC, as it’s known, is staffed daily by a caring, experienced registered nurse and other health professionals, including a registered dietitian. HRC locations in both Johnson City, as an outreach of Johnson City Medical Center, and in Kingsport, as part of Indian Path Medical Center, offer a wide variety of services and programs, and most of them are free.

Among them are daily blood pressure checks, health screenings, assistance with becoming smoke-free, classes and counseling on nutrition and healthy cooking, support groups, physician lectures and diabetes self-management classes.

For more photos from the celebration, click here.

“We’re very proud that, for the last 20 years, HRC has been able to help people here in Johnson City live a healthier lifestyle,” said Laurel McKinney, manager of the Health Resources Centers for Mountain States. “We really appreciate all our customers. We’ve made a lot of great friends and we hope we can continue to help them manage their health problems and develop healthy habits.”

About 100 people turned out for the 20th anniversary party, including a number of former team members and two previous managers. Well-known local musician Fiddlin’ Carson Peters and his father put on a great performance that had people tapping their toes, and even a few got up and shuffled their feet to dance.

The team created a big number 20 filled with pictures of the HRC through the years. Guests had fun looking back on the history and remembering faces and events. Guests were treated to mini cupcakes (portion control!) and fancy fresh produce from a large basket of fruit sent by an anonymous donor.

The HRC staff also got comments and testimonials from various guests, including:

  • “They helped me discover my high blood pressure and monitored it for many years. Thank you!”
  • “A great community resource for health information as well as ongoing training on many fascinating issues. This service draws me to other Mountain States resources.”
  • “This is a great place for information about different health issues. I have learned a lot from the classes I've attended. The ‘girls’ are always so sweet and kind when I come in as I’m sure they are with everyone. The center is a convenient place for blood pressure checks, too. Hope you are here another 20 years.

Check out the May calendar of classes and presentations at both our Johnson City and Kingsport Health Resources Centers.