Recent Briefs

Monday, September 11, 2017

Leadership Academy to host renowned speaker Ken Zeigler for seminar on "Getting Things Done By Influencing Others"

The Leadership Academy is pleased to bring Ken Zeigler to Mountain States to host a seminar on “Getting Things Done by Influencing Others” Sept. 26 at JCMC. This is a closed event and attendance is only open on a first-come, first-serve basis. With only 25 seats open, this will be a unique training opportunity.

Attendees of this seminar will learn to adapt quickly to achieve desired results – especially when they don’t have immediate authority and need cooperation. They’ll learn a process to influence others using personal power, persuasion, and negotiation. This seminar will help learners cultivate relationships that result in increased credibility, respect, and authentic trust.

Zeigler is a renowned author and speaker. He has published numerous articles on time management, productivity, and work/life balance for many newspapers, including The Washington Post, New York Post, Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine, and the Charlotte Observer. His book, Organizing for Success, is a bestseller.

For more information or to reserve your place for this seminar, email the Leadership Academy manager, Marla Hayman, at

Monday, September 11, 2017

National EVS and Housekeeping Week celebrates the great job our EVS workers do!

The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) of the American Hospital Association (AHA) is celebrating National Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week this week, from Sept. 10-16.

“We all depend on the critical and often unrecognized role of environmental services in quality outcomes,” said Patti Costello, AHE executive director. “We celebrate, appreciate and recognize all the professionals working in healthcare environmental services for the extraordinary teamwork and leadership required to care for the complex healthcare environment."

“As a former health system executive, I have a deep appreciation for the important role of environmental services to the overall health care delivery process,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO. “We honor all the men and women of environmental services who spend countless hours leading teams, monitoring performance, preventing infection, maintaining sustainable buildings, lending a helping hand and working tirelessly to ensure that our healthcare facilities are among the best in the world.”

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pet therapy "picnic" set for Friday, Sept. 8, outside JCMC and Niswonger

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Talk about a cute event! A pet therapy "picnic" is set for Friday at lunchtime Friday, Sept. 8, outside Niswonger Children's Hospital. This is an appreciation event for our Mountain States pet therapy dogs and their handlers for helping decrease anxiety and stress in our patients – and for always bringing a smile to the faces of our team members!

Team members and guests are welcome to stop by and see the dogs and their handlers. (NOTE: The dogs will have "picnic" treats, but no food for the humans.)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Mountain States Day sale coming up at Mahoney's Outfitters in JC on Oct. 20

The Mountain States Day sale at Mahoney’s in Johnson City, sponsored by Mountain States Auxiliary, is coming up on Friday, Oct. 20. This sale for Mountain States team members and volunteers will offer discounts and payroll deduction. Be on the lookout for more information!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Marsh has plenty of blood drives coming up and the need is there; give if you can!

Marsh Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the following locations:


Tues, Aug. 29, 4-7:30 p.m., South Holston Ruritan, Bristol, TN

Wed, Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Va. Highlands Comm. Coll, Abingdon, VA

Wed, Aug. 30, 2-6:30 p.m., St. Anne Catholic Church, Bristol, VA

Thurs, Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Castlewood H.S., Castlewood, VA

Thurs, Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tazewell Comm. Hosp., Tazewell, VA

Thurs, Aug. 31, noon-4 p.m., Sullivan Co. Highway Dept, Blountville, TN

Thurs, Aug. 31, 3-7 p.m., First Baptist Church, Webber City, VA

Fri, Sept. 1, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Virginia H.S., Bristol, VA

Fri, Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Rogersville City Hall, Rogersville, TN

Fri, Sept. 1, 2-5 p.m., Walmart, Rogersville, TN


Tues, Sept. 5, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Scott Co. Vocational School, Gate City, VA

Tues, Sept. 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Union H.S., Big Stone Gap, VA

Wed, Sept. 6, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Cloudland H.S., Roan Mountain, TN

Wed, Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., UVA College, Wise, VA

Thurs, Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Scott Co. Health Dept., Gate City, VA

Thurs, Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tazewell H.S., Tazewell, VA

Thurs, Sept. 7, 1-6 p.m., Food City, Wise, VA

Fri, Sept. 8, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Bristol Regional Med Cntr, Bristol, TN

Fri, Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-noon, Nova Healthcare, Weber City, VA

Fri, Sept. 8, 1-4 p.m., Toyota of Kingsport, Kingsport, TN


Marsh Regional provides blood to hospitals and health centers across the region, including Holston Valley Medical Center, Bristol Regional Medical Center, Hawkins County Memorial Hospital, Hancock County Hospital, Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Lonesome Pine Hospital, Indian Path Medical Center, Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Norton Community Hospital, Dickenson Community Hospital, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, The Rehabilitation Hospital of Southwest Virginia, Select Specialty Hospital, Buchanan General Hospital, Clinch Valley Medical Center and Tazewell Community Hospital.


In addition to scheduled blood drives, donors are welcome at Marsh Regional’s collection centers: 111 W. Stone Drive, Suite 300, Kingsport, 2428 Knob Creek Road, Johnson City and 1996 W. State St., Bristol.


For more information about scheduling a blood drive at a local business, church, school or community organization, please call 423-408-7500, 423-652-0014 or 276-679-4669 or visit


Monday, August 28, 2017

IS phishing alert: If you receive this email, delete it

The Mountain States Service Desk is aware of users receiving a phishing email claiming to be from our department (see image below). We’ve taken precautionary measures against this email, but if you have received it, delete it immediately; do NOT click on the link that’s included. The subject line on these emails reads “Important update for employees – please read.”

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Special deal at Subway® Restaurants supports cancer patients through Dragon Boat Festival

Here’s a great meal deal from Subway that also supports our local cancer patients through the Dragon Boat Festival presented by Subway® Restaurants.

From Aug. 1 through Sept. 15, if you eat at participating Subway Restaurants and donate $1 or more, you’ll receive a $1 off coupon for your next Subway foot-long sub sandwich. Subway will then give a dollar to Dragon Boat to assist cancer patients. It’s a quick and easy way to raise money for a great cause!

The funds we raise through Dragon Boat are used, through Mountain States Foundation, to assist cancer patients with expenses associated with cancer care such as gas vouchers, taxi fares, non-covered medications, nutritional expenses and personal care items.

For more about the Dragon Boat Festival presented by Subway® Restaurants, click here.

Friday, August 18, 2017

OD survey: Tell us what you think about training and development

Mountain States Health Alliance wants our team members to have all the skills and knowledge they need to be their best. That’s why we’re reaching out to get team member feedback through this brief survey.

Share your opinion; the survey only takes about 10 minutes and will be available through Aug. 31.

Click here to take the survey.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

UCMH Relay For Life team holding fundraiser golf tournament Oct. 14

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Seminar at Morris-Baker teaches how to help others deal with grief, stress, suicidal thoughts

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Statistics tell us that, at any given time, 1 out of every 20 people is thinking of suicide.


As health care providers, we can make a difference. If you want to learn how to help people deal with suicidal thoughts, grief or stress, attend the upcoming workshop, “From Risk to Resilience: Suicide Prevention, Post-Vention, Stress Management & Mindfulness,” presented by Morris-Baker Funeral Home & Cremation Services.


It takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Millennium Centre. Cost is $20 through Aug. 8, and $25 after that. So register now to get the 20-percent discount.


The seminar is designed for professionals who want to improve their suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention (follow-up care) skills, and help bereaved survivors and caregivers manage stress, improve mindfulness skills and foster resilience.


Michelle Post, a licensed marriage and family therapist, continued education provider, and clinical supervisor for a private practice in Los Angeles, will be giving the presentation. She consults internationally and trains in areas of grief, death notification with children and teens, stress and burnout prevention, group facilitation, ASIST suicide prevention, executive leadership and team-building.


To learn more about this program, our speaker, continuing education credits, or to register, please go to:

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