Johnson City Medical Center | Recent Briefs

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.)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Human Remains team doing Dragon Boat fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 17, at Freddy's in JC to benefit cancer patients

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Can you help us out? Human Remains, the JCMC Human Resources Dragon Boat team, is having a fundraiser at Freddy’s this Thursday, Aug. 17, from 4-9 p.m. Just mention our name and we will receive 15 percent of the proceeds, which will benefit Circle of Hope.

 This program provides extra resources for cancer patients and families who may need financial help while receiving medical care.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Trauma One Conference coming up Aug. 17 at Millennium Centre

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The annual Johnson City Medical Center Trauma One Conference is set for Aug. 17 at The Millennium Centre. The event brings together the whole spectrum of trauma professionals — first responders, physicians, nurses, rehab specialists and others — to network and learn more about trends, new developments, pediatric ER/trauma and specific aspects of treating trauma. The Trauma One Conference is a great opportunity to exchange ideas that ultimately lead to better teamwork and trauma care.

The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Cost for Mountain States team members is $75.

To register, visit the event page. For more information, contact Lauri Kerns at 423-431-1449 or

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

JCMC hosting Patients Scrubs Closet and Family Toiletry Bag Project with donation drop-off from Feb. 20-24

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Johnson City Medical Center is asking for donations of clean scrubs and new toiletry items, to go to patients/families in need, as part of the Patients Scrubs Closet and Family Toiletry Bag Project.

It goes from Feb. 20-24 and drop-off is on 4400 where the safety huddle occurs.

Team members can donate clean scrubs (personal, not hospital green scrubs), as well as toiletry items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and travel-size shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors and quart-size zip-lock style bags.

For more information, call Misty Jenkins at 431-6937 or Ruth Morelock at 431-2064.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Love Your Heart Day coming up Feb. 11 at the Johnson City HRC

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

JCMC's pulmonary renal oncology ICU earns award for outstanding care

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Johnson City Medical Center’s pulmonary renal oncology ICU was recently recognized with a Zenith Award for its outstanding care.

 Over the past year, the staff did an in-depth process improvement project, improving the entire care process including forms, policies, order sets and training. JCMC also upgraded equipment to NxStage machines to replace older models, and four ICU nurses attended four days of intensive training for the new machines and then trained the rest of the staff.

 The improved processes and equipment helped the staff work collaboratively as a clinical integration group and helped bring about earlier and increased use of the equipment for CRRT (continuous renal replacement therapy).

 The Zenith Award was created by NxStage Medical to recognize the outstanding renal care that ICU staffs provide to their patients.

 The independent review of Mountain States’ achievements that led to the award noted that: “You outlined a program that not only tried to get better functioning equipment in their opinion, but also created a community of caregivers who strive to provide the best for their patient population. Nurses are the ones who identified the issues and clearly drove this change in the CRRT program and changed nursing practice and took full ownership of all aspects of the change. … Creating a better working relationship among caregivers and creating a culture of collaboration is of utmost importance to better outcomes and this submission speaks volumes to this.”

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

In the TM Campaign battle of Washingon County (Tenn.), it's Niswonger by a nose!

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The totals are in from the Washington County March Madness competition for the Team Member Campaign – and clearly it's not about winning or losing, it's how you play the game.

 Hats off to Lisa Carter, team captain for Niswonger  Children's Hospital, for a last-minute charge for the win (Niswonger team members pictured above on the right). Team totals are:


   1, Team Niswonger 32% participation

   2, Team Franklin Woods/Woodridge 31%

   3, Team JCMC 22% (pictured above on left)

 THE REAL WINNERS, of course, are Mountain States team members, patients and their families! Thanks to all of the staff who participated and made this year's Team Member Campaign such a success! Washington County blew away its goal and raised nearly $74,000 dollars for this great team member program.




Barry K. Tourigny

Sr. Director of Human Resources

Washington County Operations

Monday, March 28, 2016

Who's leading in the Washington County (Tenn.) CEO competition for Team Member Campaign participation?

The three CEOs of our Washington County, Tenn., hospitals are doing a friendly "March Madness" competition to see whose facility can get the highest rate of participation in our Team Member Campaign. This involves Melody Trimble at JCMC, Lisa Carter at Niswonger Children's Hospital and Lindy White at Franklin Woods. The Team Member Campaign started Monday and lasts through April 11. We'll update each day with how they're doing. Here's where things stand after one day:





Thursday, December 3, 2015

Mountain States HR offering discounted Johnson City Transit bus passes for $15

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Mountain States has a new benefit to offer team members who live in Johnson City and ride the JC Transit – a monthly bus pass for $15, discounted from the normal $25 cost.

 Mountain States has worked out an arrangement to purchase the bus passes from JCT at the discounted rate and pass the savings along to team members. The passes will be sold by Human Resources, much like the discounted Dollywood or movie tickets that HR offers. The cost can be payroll-deducted.

 Any team members interested in getting a discounted pass should contact Rachel Bradley at 423-302-3252.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Support our troops! Mountain States, Domtar partnering to send items to recently deployed National Guard troops

You can support our troops by donating in the drive to collect personal items for members of the Virginia National Guard recently deployed overseas. Indian Path Medical Center, Johnston Memorial and Norton Community Hospital are leading the drive, with drop-off points at all three hospitals.

 Anyone who donates will be entered into a drawing for a Carrabba's gift card. You must notify HR to be in the drawing.

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