Recent Briefs

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Blood Assurance wants your blood; give if you can at these regional drives

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

  • Thursday, Dec. 7, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Blue Ridge Job Corp, Marion, VA
  • Thursday, Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., BrightRidge, Johnson City, TN
  • Thursday, Dec. 7, 1-5 p.m., Food City, Abingdon, VA
  • Friday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Ferguson, Johnson City, TN
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Highlands Fellowship Church, Marion, VA
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Crown Laboratories, Johnson City, TN
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2-5 p.m., Tru Point Bank (West End), Abingdon, VA
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Food Country, Saltville, VA
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1-5 p.m., Food City, Chilhowie, VA
  • Friday, Dec. 15, noon-4:30 p.m., Agero, Blountville, TN

Donors also welcome at Blood Assurance Donor Centers:

  • 16000 Johnston Memorial Dr., Medical Suite 110, Abingdon, VA
  • 100 Linden Square Dr., Bristol, VA
  • 1 Professional Park Drive, Suite 14, Johnson City, TN
  • 300 Clinchfield St., Kingsport, TN

 

Donors must be at least 18 years old (16-17 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary gift and snacks. Donors should eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids -avoiding caffeine- prior to giving blood. 

To schedule a blood drive at a local business, school, church or civic/community organization, please contact:

 

In Tennessee, Mike Patterson, 423-298-4335, MikePatterson@bloodassurance.org

In Virginia, Sam McKinney, 276-780-4136, SamMcKinney@bloodassurance.org


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Marsh Blood drives coming up in the area; blood is needed!

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

  • Mon, Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Richlands H.S., Richlands, VA
  • Mon, Dec. 11, noon-6 p.m., Tempur, Duffield, VA
  • Tues, Dec. 12, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Domtar, Kingsport, TN
  • Tues, Dec. 12, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Smyth Co. Career & Tech. Cntr, Marion, VA
  • Tues, Dec. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Teletech, Weber City, VA
  • Tues, Dec. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Heritage Hall, Big Stone Gap, VA
  • Wed, Dec. 13, 8-11 a.m., Preston Place, Kingsport, TN
  • Wed, Dec. 13, 8 a.m.-noon, Centurylink, Bristol, TN
  • Wed, Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Thomas Walker HS., Ewing, VA
  • Wed, Dec. 13, noon-4 p.m., Indian Path Med Cntr, Kingsport, TN
  • Wed, Dec. 13, 1:30-4 p.m., Chiltern, Bristol, TN
  • Thurs, Dec. 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Wellmont Corporate, Kingsport, TN
  • Thurs, Dec. 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Red Onion State Prison, Pound, VA
  • Thurs, Dec. 14, 1-6 p.m., Food City, Big Stone Gap, VA
  • Fri, Dec. 15, 8 a.m.-noon, Phil Bachman Honda, Kingsport, TN
  • Fri, Dec. 15, 8 a.m.-noon, Strongwell, Bristol, VA
  • Fri, Dec. 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Lee Co. Career Center, BenHur, VA
  • Fri, Dec. 15, 1-4 p.m., Toyota of 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 www.marshblood.com.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Here are our upcoming Marsh Blood drives

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

 

Mon, Dec. 4, 8:30-11 a.m., Div. of Mines and Minerals, Big Stone Gap, VA

Mon, Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Lebanon H.S., Lebanon, VA

Mon, Dec. 4, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Kingston Cntr Assisted Living, Duffield, VA

Tues, Dec. 5, 7 a.m.-noon, Universal Fibers, Bristol, VA

Tues, Dec. 5, 7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Eastman Bldg. 156, Kingsport, TN

Tues, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Va. Highlands Comm. College, Abingdon, VA

Tues, Dec. 5, 1:30-4 p.m., Friendship Ford, Bristol, VA

Wed, Dec. 6, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sullivan North H.S., Kingsport, TN

Wed, Dec. 6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Buchanan General Hospital, Grundy, VA

Thurs, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Council H.S., Council, VA

Thurs, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Greeneville Tech Cntr, Greeneville, TN

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

Fri, Dec. 8, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Dobyns-Bennett HS, Kingsport, TN

Fri, Dec. 8, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Bristol Regional Med Cntr, Bristol, 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 www.marshblood.com.

 


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Blood Assurance drives coming up; give blood if you can!

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

Thurs, Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Triad Packing, Bristol, TN

Fri, Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Unicoi County H.S., Erwin, TN

Mon, Dec. 4, noon-5 p.m., Johnson City Honda, Johnson City, TN

Tues, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., MSHA Info Systems, Johnson City, TN

Wed, Dec. 6, 9-11:45 a.m., Center on Aging and Health, Erwin, TN

Wed, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., People Inc., Abingdon, VA

Wed, Dec. 6, 1:30-4 p.m., Unicoi County Mem. Hosp., Erwin, TN

Thurs, Dec. 7, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Blue Ridge Job Corp, Marion, VA

Thurs, Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., BrightRidge, Johnson City, TN

Thurs, Dec. 7, 1-5 p.m., Food City, Abingdon, VA

Fri, Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Ferguson, Johnson City, TN

Sat, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Highlands Fellowship Church, Marion, VA

 

Donors also welcome at Blood Assurance Donor Centers:

  •     16000 Johnston Memorial Dr., Medical Suite 110, Abingdon, VA
  •     100 Linden Square Dr., Bristol, VA
  •     1 Professional Park Drive, Suite 14, Johnson City, TN
  •     300 Clinchfield St., Kingsport, TN

Donors must be at least 18 years old (16-17 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary gift and snacks. Donors should eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids -avoiding caffeine- prior to giving blood. 

To schedule a blood drive at a local business, school, church or civic/community organization, please contact:

 

In Tennessee, Mike Patterson, 423-298-4335, MikePatterson@bloodassurance.org

In Virginia, Sam McKinney, 276-780-4136, SamMcKinney@bloodassurance.org


Monday, November 27, 2017

Haley Rhea named new supervisor/nurse manager at SCCH

MARION, Va. – After an extensive search, Smyth County Community Hospital has named Haley Rhea as supervisor/nurse manager. Haley, RN, MSN, MBA, BSN, worked at Smyth County Community Hospital from November 2006 to March 2010 on the medical intensive care unit and in surgical services but returns to the hospital from Johnston Memorial Hospital.

 

At JMH, she serves as director of patient care services, which includes the ICU, PCU, regional float pool, clinical support group, dialysis and telemetry.

 

Haley has spent the majority of her career with Mountain States serving in multiple roles. During her time at Johnston Memorial, Haley also served as nurse manager of clinical integration, regional float pool, interim Family Birth Center, and clinical support group, and as a critical care nurse. In addition, she has worked at Indian Path Medical Center in the medical intensive care unit. Outside of Mountain States, Haley served a brief stint as a public health nurse with the Smyth County Health Department. She began her career at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, in the emergency room.

 

Haley received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Radford University in 2006 and then went on to obtain her Master of Science in Nursing and Master in Business Administration from King College in 2010. Haley will begin her new role at Smyth County Community Hospital on Dec. 24, 2017.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Eat at Barberitos on Peoples Street in JC for Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, to support Helping Hands program

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. The Mountain States Foundation is supporting the Helping Hands program on Tuesday, Nov. 28, as part of Giving Tuesday. If you eat at the Barberitos restaurant on Peoples Street on Giving Tuesday between 5-9 p.m., the restaurant will donate a portion of sales to the Helping Hands fund, which benefits patients and families being cared for in Mountain States Hospitals who need financial assistance.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mountain States switching to OptumRx as pharmacy benefit manager effective December 1

The Mountain States PBM (pharmacy benefit manager) will be changing to OptumRx, effective December 1, 2017. This transition from American Health Care to OptumRx should be seamless. New prescription ID cards will be mailed to your home address. Start watching for a white envelope from Mountain States Human Resources in late October or early November.

You can begin using your OptumRx card on December 1, 2017. Show your new ID card at

your pharmacy whenever you pick up prescriptions. The OptumRx card will help you pay the lowest price for your medication.

 

The plan itself will remain the same and the pharmacies currently in the network will not change. You’ll continue to pay a lower co-insurance when you use any of the Mountain States Pharmacy retail locations.

 

Current Prior Authorizations on file with American Health Care will automatically transfer to OptumRx. Any other approvals and deductibles will also continue. Specialty drugs for complex conditions including cancer, arthritis and others will still be filled by Mountain States Pharmacy. If the drug is not available there, then contact BriovaRx, the OptumRx specialty pharmacy, at 855-4BRIOVA (855-427-4682). 

 

After December 1, 2017, visit optumrx.com to get the latest details about your benefits, set up your online account and get familiar with other tools. The OptumRx App makes it easy to manage your medications on the go. Or call 855-855-8748 if you have questions about your pharmacy benefits. 

 

If you have questions, visit OptumRx.com (after December 1, 2017) or call HR4U at 423-431-HR4U (4748).

Read our previous Mountain Star article that contains some frequently asked questions.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Check out the upcoming Marsh Blood events coming up in our region!

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

 

Mon, Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tazewell H.S., Tazewell, VA

Mon, Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Honaker H.S., Honaker, VA

Tues, Nov. 21, 7:30 a.m.-3:15pm, Eastman Bldg. 150, Kingsport, TN

Tues, Nov. 21, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Happy Valley H.S., Elizabethton, TN

Tues, Nov. 21, noon-4 p.m., Sullivan Co. Highway Dept., Blountville, TN

Wed, Nov. 22, 3-7:15 p.m., Lower Shell Creek Christian, Roan Mountain, TN

Thurs, Nov. 23, CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Fri, Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Advance America, Bristol, 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 www.marshblood.com.

 


Friday, November 17, 2017

Blood Assurance drives set for around the area; please give if you can!

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

Thurs, Nov. 16, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Chilhowie E.S., Chilhowie, VA

Thurs, Nov. 16, noon-5 p.m., Umoja Community Thanksgiving Drive, Carver Rec Cntr, JC, TN

Mon, Nov. 20, noon-5 p.m., Ingles Supermarket-Boones Creek, Johnson City

Tues, Nov. 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Koyo, Telford, TN

Wed, Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Walmart-West Market Street, Johnson City

 

Donors also welcome at Blood Assurance Donor Centers:

  • 16000 Johnston Memorial Dr., Medical Suite 110, Abingdon, VA
  • 100 Linden Square Dr., Bristol, VA
  • 1 Professional Park Drive, Suite 14, Johnson City, TN
  • 300 Clinchfield St., Kingsport, TN

Donors must be at least 18 years old (16-17 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary gift and snacks. Donors should eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids -avoiding caffeine- prior to giving blood. 

To schedule a blood drive at a local business, school, church or civic/community organization, please contact:

 

In Tennessee, Mike Patterson, 423-298-4335, MikePatterson@bloodassurance.org

In Virginia, Sam McKinney, 276-780-4136, SamMcKinney@bloodassurance.org


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Free event for expectant mothers set for Nov. 14 at Johnston Memorial Hospital

ABINGDON, Va. – The blessing of a new baby often comes with lots of questions, especially for women who are navigating motherhood for the first time. So to help new mothers and moms-to-be, Johnston Memorial Hospital is hosting Great Expectations, a fun and educational event.

Great Expectations is a free event and will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Johnston Memorial’s medical plaza in suite 301.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for expectant mothers and women who hope to have a baby in the future. Great Expectations will feature physician presentations, tours of the Family Birth Center and the chance to meet members of the labor and delivery team.

Guests will be showered with giveaways, baby-themed door prizes, refreshments and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Lindsey at 276-258-4560 or sarah.lindsey@msha.com.

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