Norton Community Hospital | Recent Briefs

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

HeartOne Cardiac 5K coming up in Norton on Oct. 8

Monday, August 15, 2016

Attention, all runners! Check out this chance to get up-close coaching from Olympian Jeff Galloway on Aug. 24 in Norton, Va.

NORTON, Va. -- Former Olympic runner and renowned motivational speaker and coach Jeff Galloway will be offering people a chance to attend his Jeff Galloway Running School, a one-day event on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Norton Community Hospital's FitOne Wellness Center from 6-9 p.m. Register at

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Marsh Regional to hold blood drives at area organizations

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


-          Monday, March 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Tennessee Tech, Elizabethton, TN

-          Tuesday, March 29, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Hampton High School, Hampton, TN

-          Tuesday, March 29, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Bristol Metals, Bristol, TN

-          Tuesday March 29, 1-4 p.m., Friendship Ford, Bristol, TN

-          Wednesday, March 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tazewell Community Hospital, Tazewell, VA

-          Wednesday, March 30, 4-8 p.m., First Baptist Church, Kingsport, TN

-          Thursday, March 31, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Happy Valley High School, Elizabethton, TN

-          Thursday, March 31, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Wellmont Corporate Offices, Kingsport, TN

-          Friday, April 1, 7:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m., Daniel Boone High School, Gray, TN


Marsh Regional has supplied blood to health care facilities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia for 69 years.


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, 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

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.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Norton celebrates graduation of Internal Medicine residents

 NORTON, Va. – Norton Community Hospital's Internal Medicine Residency Program held its graduation ceremony at the Holiday Inn on June 27. Four residents completed the Internal Medicine three-year Dr. Bernie Sergenttraining program. There was a wonderful turnout for the celebration ceremony with 110 people in attendance.

 The graduates were (left to right in photo): Brian K. Stiltner, DO; Chief Resident Robert L. Flowers, DO; Jill K. Couch, DO; and Joshua Morris, DO. Dr. Morris will be practicing as a hospitalist at JCMC, Indian Path and Franklin Woods.

 Dr. Chris Morris, rheumatologist, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Attending physician Dr. Bernie Sergent was presented with the Preceptor of the Year award (inset photo). The recipient is selected by the residents for serving as an outstanding role model, providing excellent clinical education and demonstrating professionalism in the art and science of medicine.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Save a life: Blood drives coming up in your area

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

  • Monday, Mar. 17, 12p-5p, Johnson City Honda, Johnson City, TN
  • Wednesday, Mar. 19, 10a-3p, Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, TN
  • Thursday, Mar. 20, 12p-5p, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Johnson City, TN
  • Friday, Mar. 21, 11a-5p, City of Johnson City, Johnson City Municipal Building, Johnson City, TN
  • Monday, Mar. 24, 9:45a-11:15a, Food City, Galax, VA
  • Wednesday, Mar. 26, 11a-4p, Center on Aging and Health, Erwin, TN
  • Thursday, Mar. 27, Highlands Union Bank, 10a-3p, Abingdon, VA
  • Thursday, Mar. 27, 10a-3p, Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, Erwin TN
  • Friday, Mar. 28, 1p-5p, Send The Light Distribution, Elizabethton, TN
  • Friday, Mar. 28, 9a-12p, Grace Health Care, Abingdon, VA
  • Friday, Mar. 28, 1:45p-4p, Kmart, Abingdon, VA

All blood types are needed. Donors with O-negative blood type are especially encouraged to donate as O-negative is the universal blood type, given to patients in an emergency situation when their own blood type is unknown.

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 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 snack and t-shirt. 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, Whit Morison, 276-525-4273,

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

IMPORTANT MESSAGE for Virginia TMs about state budget: Let your voice be heard!


 As you may already know, the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees released their budget proposals on Sunday, Feb. 16. Both budgets make investments in community hospitals. But only the Senate plan returns to the Commonwealth the nearly $2.9 billion in tax dollars and additional provider cuts we are already paying in order to close the coverage gap for the uninsured.

 The House proposal helps to stabilize our health care system in the near term and promotes meaningful reform of our existing Medicaid program. The Senate proposal allows us to reclaim Virginia tax dollars from the federal government and manage these resources in keeping with our long-standing tradition of prudent fiscal stewardship. It builds on Virginia's strengths and experience by relying on private health plans and health systems to assume risk for the newly covered population, coordinate care and manages costs effectively. This is one approach that could address MSHA's top priority of closing the coverage gap and starts a dialogue about charting a path forward.

 Mountain States Health Alliance is committed to working with the SWVa Delegation, the House and the Senate, as well as the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association to finalize a budget that is best for Virginia, its economy and the health and well-being of its citizens.

 Please contact your legislators and let them know how critically important it is to you that they work together, House and Senate, to find a solution that incorporates the tenets of both the House and Senate budget plans, while responsibly covering the uninsured Virginians and returning our hard-earned tax dollars to the Commonwealth.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

NCH Foundation Winter Gala on Feb. 14 canceled due to weather

 NORTON, Va. – The Norton Community Hospital Foundation’s 2014 Winter Gala, scheduled for Friday night, Feb. 14, has been canceled due to the weather.

 Plans to reschedule the event are yet to be determined. Proceeds from the gala at Mountain Empire Community College were to benefit the NCH Foundation to help purchase additional equipment for the renovated surgical suite and FitOne.

 For more information, email

Monday, January 27, 2014

NCH Foundation's Winter Gala coming up Feb. 14

 BIG STONE GAP, Va. – The Norton Community Hospital Foundation’s 2014 Winter Gala is coming up Friday, Feb. 14, at Mountain Empire Community College, featuring a performance by up-and-coming country singer Kaitlyn Baker.

 Tickets for the evening are $50 per person and proceeds support the purchase of additional equipment for the hospital’s renovated surgical suite and FitOne.

 “We’re thrilled to have Kaitlyn Baker, who’s originally from Pound, Va., providing the entertainment for us,” said Lori Crisp, Norton Community Hospital’s director of Marketing & Communications. “She is a truly talented singer with her sights set on Nashville.

 “Justin Mullins, our Winter Gala Committee chairperson, has done a fabulous job lining up an evening of wonderful food and exciting entertainment on what could be the biggest date night of the year. And of course this all benefits our patients.”

 The gala will be held at the MECC’s Goodloe Center, 3441 Mountain Empire Road, in Big Stone Gap. It includes dinner at 6:30 p.m. and live entertainment starting at 8. Attire is semi-formal.

 The 19-year-old Baker recently signed with Silvercreek Records. To learn more about her music, visit

 RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 6, by calling Crisp at 276-220-2512 or emailing to

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sawyer takes position as IPMC assistant administrator/CFO

Stephen SawyerI am very pleased to announce that Stephen “Steve” Sawyer has accepted the position as the CFO/Assistant Administrator for Indian Path Medical Center. Steve has been the Chief Financial Officer at Norton Community Hospital and Dickenson Community Hospital for the past three years. 

He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Maine at Machias in Finance and received his MBA, Business Administration from the University of Maine. He brings 26 years of Healthcare experience to Indian Path Medical Center. 

Steve and his wife, DJ, live in Wise, Va. He began his new role here at IPMC on Oct. 6.

Please welcome Steve Sawyer to his new position as the CFO/Assistant Administrator for Indian Path Medical Center.

Monty McLaurin, FACHE
VicePresident/Chief Executive Officer

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