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Friday, October 6, 2017

National Accounts Payable Week Oct. 9-13: Thank you to our team members who do this valuable job

National Accounts Payable week is being celebrated Oct. 9-13, and it’s an opportunity to recognize the important role this department plays for Mountain States.

The accounts payable team works closely with all departments in the organization and with the company’s vital suppliers while serving as the last control point before cash leaves the company. The accounts payable department processed more than 222,000 invoices last fiscal year for all of Mountain States Health Alliance. Literally every supply, service or equipment purchase for Mountain States is processed for payment by the A/P department, including all team member reimbursements.

Many thanks to team members Betty Casey, Beckie Simcox, Doris Yacks, Harold Greene, Janet Walker, Melissa Jones, Michelle Jensen, Robin Cansler, Robin Coggins, Roy Isenberg, Stacey Staten, Tammy Treadway and Wanda Randolph for all they do for everyone at Mountain States. Without them, no one would be able to perform their jobs!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Walgreens offering promotion through Oct. 19 to support Niswonger Children's Hospital; take advantage today!

Walgreens is supporting Niswonger Children’s Hospital through Thursday, Oct. 19, by giving customers a chance to make a donation to the hospital with their purchases at 32 Walgreens stores in the region.

When you buy something at Walgreens, the cashier will ask you about making a donation, which they can scan with the purchase. You can give $1, $3, $5 or more to the hospital.  Walgreens stores from Big Stone Gap, Va., to Morristown, Tenn., are participating.

“Walgreens has been such a loyal supporter of Niswonger Children’s Hospital and we really appreciate them,” said Cookie McKinney, manager of children’s initiatives at Niswonger. “I hope people who shop there will take advantage of this chance to give a little and help a lot!”

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Marsh Blood has drives set up around the region

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


Mon, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., ETSU Culp Center, Johnson City, TN

Mon, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Red Onion Prison, Pound, VA

Tues, Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., WCCTEC, Abingdon, VA

Tues, Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Council High School, Council, VA

Wed, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., SW VA Comm. College, Cedar Bluff, VA

Wed, Oct. 4, noon-5 p.m., Mountain Home VA, Mtn. Home, TN

Thurs, Oct. 5, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Mountain Mission, Grundy, VA

Thurs, Oct. 5, 1-6 p.m., Food City, Wise, VA

Fri, Oct. 6, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sullivan East H.S., Bluff City, 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


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

JMH hosting pet therapy appreciation event on Thursday, Sept. 28

ABINGDON, Va. – Johnston Memorial Hospital will host a Pet Therapy Dog Celebration and Blessing of the Animals on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m.

The event will take place outside behind the dining area between the Regional Cancer Center and the main hospital (across from Ellie Scofield’s office). Team members are invited to drop by for light refreshments and to show your appreciation to the dogs and this faithful group of volunteers.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Blood Assurance in need of more blood; here are their upcoming drives

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

Thurs, Sept. 28, 3-8 p.m., Hunter Lundy Mem. Blood Drive, Ralph Stout Park, Mountain City

Mon, Oct. 2, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Food City, Lebanon, VA

Thurs, Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5p.m., Niswonger Children’s Hospital, Johnson City, TN

Thurs, Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Food City, Marion, VA

Fri, Oct. 6, 7 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Crown Laboratories, Johnson City, 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,

In Virginia, Sam McKinney, 276-780-4136,

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Alzheimer's Walk coming up Saturday, Sept. 30, at Willow Springs Park in JC; get involved and support the cause!

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The 2017 Alzheimer’s Walk will take place Saturday, Sept. 30 at Willow Springs Park in Johnson City – the 2017 Alzheimer’s Walk. Franklin Woods Community Hospital is a sponsor for the event again this year.


Did you know?

        • Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.

        • Since 2000, deaths from heart disease have decrease by 14%, while deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased by 89%.

         • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

         • Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease.

         • Alzheimer’s kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

         • More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number could be as high as 16 million.


So what can we do to help?


By getting involved in the local walk coming to our area on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Willow Springs Park, we will be “Walking to End Alzheimer’s” for those in our area, as well as those across our nation.


The Alzheimer’s Association Mid-South Chapter, bringing the event to our region, offers people with dementia, their families and caregivers help while supporting research to stop the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease.


There is no cost to register for this event; however, it is suggested that each person registering to walk attempt to secure donations for the Alzheimer’s Association to further research a cure. To register yourself or your team for the walk and learn more regarding the fundraising opportunities, click here: ALZHEIMERS WALK 2017


Kristi Bode will be onsite as well the day of at the Franklin Woods booth. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact her at 423-302-1300 for more information.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Norton Community Hospital hosting My Run, Walk and Roll special event on Oct. 14

WISE, Va. – Norton Community Hospital's My Run, Walk and Roll on Saturday, Oct. 14, is an event for physically challenged (or just out of shape!) individuals of all ages that will take place alongside the Heart-One Cardiac Rehab 5K Run at the Wise Fall Fling. Start time is 9 a.m. at L.F. Addington Gym.

If needed, participants in the NCH My Run, Walk and Roll Challenge will be able to use walkers, wheelchairs or other mobile devices to assist in their navigation of the flat course over the distance that fits them best – 250 yards, 1/3 mile, 2/3 mile or 1 mile. To ensure safety of all participants, there will be volunteers along the route to assist as needed. Participants who require help with their mobility will need a personal caregiver with them during the challenge to further ensure safety throughout the event.

This event is not a race, it’s an individual challenge! Registered participants will be given an award for their efforts. For more information, call Norton Community Hospital's Inpatient Rehabilitation Department at 276-439-1352.

T-shirts are free to those who pre-register. You may pre-register by dropping off completed form to NCH Inpatient Rehab Unit, email or call Brandi Damron at 276-439-1352.


The main event of the day will be the NCH Heart-One Cardiac Rehab 5K Run, set for 9 a.m. at Addington Gym in Wise.

There's a NCH/DCH Team Challenge for employees of Norton Community Hospital and Dickenson Community Hospital only. Teams will consist of five members. Entry forms for all team members must be submitted together.

For more information, contact Steve Childers at 276-439-1452 or click here.


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.)

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