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Friday, February 10, 2017

Southwest Virginia hospitals host heart-healthy community events in conjunction with American Heart Month

 According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One in every three deaths is from heart disease or stroke, which equals 2,200 deaths per day. To raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and promote healthy communities, Johnston Memorial Hospital, Russell County Medical Center and Smyth County Community Hospital are hosting events aimed at helping people achieve better heart health.

 The community events are free to the public, and attendees will have the opportunity to hear from various medical staff who will provide tips on improving your heart health, limiting your risk of related diseases and more.

 There will also be health screenings offered at each location, including glucose and blood pressure. Community members who are found to be at risk of cardiovascular disease will be given vouchers to have an ankle-brachial index (ABI) screening performed at their local hospital for free. The event at Johnston Memorial Hospital will also offer cholesterol, bone density, stress management and sleep apnea screenings.

 Refreshments will be provided, and attendees will have a chance to win door prizes.

 The dates, times and locations are listed below.

 • Monday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m.

  Town Hall Community Center

  405 W. Main St., Lebanon, Virginia

  Please call 276-883-8190 for questions.

 • Friday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  Johnston Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center

  2nd floor conference room

  16000 Johnston Memorial Drive, Abingdon, Virginia

  Please call 276-258-3740 for questions.

 • Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

  Emory & Henry College

  School of Health Sciences

  W.L. Lemmon Lecture Hall

  565 Radio Hill Road, Marion, Virginia

  Please call 276-378-1206 for questions.

 For more information, visit

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Pet therapy training/certification classes reset to begin May 21 at JMH

 The pet therapy training and certification course at Johnston Memorial Hospital has been rescheduled to begin May 21 with an introduction, orientation and registration for pet owners/handlers only (no pets at this first session). The training is open to both team members and the general public -- and of course their pets.

  Instructional sessions with pets will be held on Saturdays following the introduction session. For more details, contact Sheila Boyd at or Frieda Jones at


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pet therapy training and certification classes coming up at JMH

ABINGDON, Va. – Are you and your pet interested in becoming trained and certified to do pet therapy? You can do that through a series of classes being hosted at Johnston Memorial Hospital. Anyone eligible can participate, whether you’re a team member or a member of the general public, and you and your pet could end up serving a variety of places including JMH or other Mountain States facilities.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

JMH’s Vanburen honored by Jonesborough Repertory Theatre

 JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – Nikki Vanburen of Johnson City was recently honored by the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre for the outstanding service she has provided as a volunteer.

Nikki Vanburen Vanburen first got involved when her son, Alex, started performing at the theatre. She assists in various capacities such as at the stage door, selling tickets and even popping popcorn.

 The staff of JRT reports that, “Words just don't seem adequate enough to express how thankful we are for Nikki. She is a joy to work with and a wonderful representative of the ‘community’ part of our community theater. We are all so grateful she chooses to support what we do whenever she can.”

 On top of spending countless hours volunteering at the theater and watching her son perform, Vanburen serves as chief nursing officer at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va. She started her career at Mountain States Health Alliance 15 years ago at the Johnson City Medical Center. She came to Johnston Memorial Hospital in 2011 as the Director of Emergency Services and in 2013 was promoted to her current position of CNO.

 “We are thankful to have someone like Nikki who is very driven and motivated to serve the community outside of her responsibilities at JMH,” said Sean McMurray, JMH’s CEO. “Nikki goes above and beyond and excels in everything she does for us and we join with the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre in recognizing her dedication to serving others.”

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Johnston Memorial Hospital to host free heart health event on Feb. 26

 ABINGDON, Va. – Johnston Memorial Hospital will host a free heart health event on Friday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to educate the community about the importance of heart health.

 The event is open to the public and will offer health screenings, presentations, door prizes and more. It will take place in the JMH Regional Cancer Center in the second-floor conference room. Presentations will be made at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. by Dr. Nick Cavros of Mountain States Medical Group – Cardiology.

 Johnston Memorial Hospital is located at 16000 Johnston Memorial Drive.

 For more information, call 276-258-3740.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Grand Rounds on Thursday, Feb. 4, at JMH: Dr. Susan Meacham to present Morbity and Mortality Conference

 ABINGDON, Va. – Everyone is invited to Grand Rounds on Thursday, Feb. 4, at Johnston Dr. Susan MeachamMemorial Hospital from 7-8 a.m. in the JMH Cancer Center Conference Room. Susan Meacham, PhD, Susan Meacham, PhD, RDN, Professor of Nutrition, will present a Morbidity and Mortality Conference.

 Dr. Meacham holds a PhD from Virginia Tech in Human Nutrition and Foods as well as a master’s degree in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Georgia.  She serves as Professor of Nutrition, Preventive Medicine at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus.

 She is involved in research on social determinants of health in rural areas, including chronic disease prevalence in coal-dependent communities in Virginia

 Light breakfast will be served.

 Grand Rounds are presented by the MSHA Medical Education Collaborative’s JMH Family Medicine Residency program.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Grand Rounds at JMH on Jan. 7 to feature Dr. Andrew Rhinehart speaking on inpatient glycemic control

Dr. Andrew RhinehartABINGDON, Va. – The Medical Education Collaborative and the Johnston Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency are presenting a Grand Rounds session about inpatient glycemic control, given by Dr. Andrew Rhinehart, on Thursday, Jan. 7, from 7-8 a.m.

The presentation will take place in the JMH Cancer Center Conference Room. Dr. Rhinehart is chief medical officer for Glytec, an enterprise software company specializing in computerized insulin dosing, and prior to tht he was a diabetologist and program director for the JMH Diabetes Care Center. His talk is titled “Inpatient Glycemic Control in 4 Easy Steps.”

Everyone is invited, and a light breakfast will be served.

Inclement Weather Policy: If Washington County Public Schools are closed, Grand Rounds will NOT be held. If Washington County Public Schools are just delayed, Grand Rounds will be held. 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Bone marrow registry drive this week at JMH; you might be a match for Destiny, the daughter of one of our team members, or for someone else who needs a match

ABINGDON, Va. – Could you be “the match” that thousands of bone marrow patients are waiting on – maybe even a match for Destiny Miller, the 14-year-old daughter of one of our Mountain States team members?

Destiny Miller has aplastic anemia, a rare form of blood cancer, and is in need of a marrow transplant.Johnston Memorial Hospital is holding a bone marrow registry drive, sponsored by Blood Assurance, on Tuesday, Dec. 8, and Thursday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. in the JMH lobby next to the cafeteria. Eligible donors should be between 18 and 44 years old.

People can sign the “Be the Match” registry to be registered on the national database and potentially provide a cure for someone waiting for a bone marrow match – like Destiny.

She is an 8th-grade student at Wallace Middle School in Bristol and is the daughter of Chandra Gilbert, nurse at MSMG Dermatology – Abingdon. Destiny loves music, arts and crafts, and riding her horse. She was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare form of blood cancer, and is in need of a marrow transplant.

For more information, call Melissa Whited at 476-701-2032 or Rhonda Moore at 423-827-7167. You can also 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.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Dr. Anthony DeSalvo rejoins Regional Cancer Center at JMH, RCMC

 ABINGDON, Va. – Oncologist/hematologist Anthony “Tony” DeSalvo, MD, has rejoined the Regional Cancer Center at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon and Russell County Medical Center in Lebanon.

 He practiced in the area from 2004 to 2006 as part of Cancer Outreach Associates. Dr. DeSalvo, his wife Justine, who previously practiced as an oncology nurse, and their son Christopher, who is enrolled in Abingdon High School, are delighted to be returning from Kona, Hawaii, where they have been since leaving the mainland. They also have two adult children living in Hawaii. 

 Dr. DeSalvo completed his medical residency and fellowship at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also completed a fellowship in geriatrics at Cornell University in Manhasset, N.Y. He served as a Marine reservist and on the Medical Disaster Assistance team in Hawaii.  

 Dr. DeSalvo will begin seeing patients in mid-July at the Regional Cancer Center: Johnston Memorial Hospital, 16000 Johnston Memorial Drive, and in August at the Regional Cancer Center: Russell County Medical Center at 58 Carroll Street Lebanon. Infusion services to support the medical oncology practice in Lebanon will begin in fall 2015. 

 Spanish-speaking patients are welcome; Dr. DeSalvo is bilingual. For more information call 276-258-1880.

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