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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Blood Assurance says 'Save 3 on the Fourth!'

 Any time you donate whole blood, your one blood donation could save up to three lives. Blood Assurance, your regional blood center, would like to help you Save 3 on the Fourth. The Johnson City Blood Assurance location will be open on Friday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Laboratory and shipping departments are always open in order to get life-saving blood and blood components to patients in need at our area hospitals. Blood Assurance serves 47 counties in a five-state region, and is the sole provider of blood and blood components for more than 70 health care facilities.

 These public blood drives are also being held this week:

7/1/2014

  • Food Country Porterfield Hwy, Abingdon, Va., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Peterson Family Healthcare, Erwin, Tenn., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

 7/2/2014

  • Cherokee United Methodist Church, Johnson City, Tenn. 3-7 p.m.
  •  MSHA MT-ITC, Johnson City, 10:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m.

 7/3/2014

  • Hermitage Health Center, Elizabethton, Tenn. 9-11 a.m.
  • Hillview Health Center, Elizabethton, 12:45 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Southwest Virginia Association of Realtors, Abingdon, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

 The summer months tend to bring more motor vehicle and boating accidents to our area.Plus, firework accidents occur during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, leading to a rise in the need for blood. When a typical automobile accident occurs, the victim, if he or she needs blood, can use more than 50 units, and a burn patient can need plasma, which is a blood component, in order to heal. Summer months and holidays also have lower blood donation collections mainly because schools are out, and people are vacationing away from home.

 To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary snack and t-shirt. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids - avoiding caffeine - and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.

 For more information about donating blood, blood drives or donor centers, call Blood Assurance at 1-800-962-0628 or go to www.BloodAssurance.org.


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, MikePatterson@bloodassurance.org

In Virginia, Whit Morison, 276-525-4273, WhitMorison@bloodassurance.org


Monday, February 17, 2014

Blood drives in honor of Black History Month to be held

 Blood Assurance is holding blood drives in honor of Black History Month and Dr. Charles Drew this month. Dr. Drew was a pioneer in medical science and is known as “the father of blood banking.”

 You can donate at these drives:

   • Monday, Feb. 24 - McKinney Center: Hosted by the City of Jonesborough from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    • Wednesday, Feb. 26 - MSHA Health Resources Center in The Mall at Johnson City, next to Belk for Her, and the Vein Velocity bloodmobile will also be outside of the mall. Both drives are from noon to 5 p.m.

 Blood Assurance serves 46 counties in a five-state region, and is the sole provider of blood and blood components for 70 health care facilities, including Johnson County Community Hospital, Franklin Woods Community Hospital and Johnson City Medical Center. More than 440 blood donors are needed every day in order to adequately supply the region served by Blood Assurance.

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary snack and t-shirt. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids - avoiding caffeine - and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.

 If you cannot make these blood drives, a donor center is located at 1 Professional Park Drive, Suite 14 in the MedCenter Professional Plaza off State of Franklin Road in Johnson City. For more information, call 423-328-3152 or visit www.BloodAssurance.org.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Eat at Buffalo Wild Wings JC on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and support Niswonger Radiothon

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – You can help support the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon by dining at Buffalo Wild Wings in Johnson City on Wednesday, Feb. 12, between 4-11 p.m.

 The restaurant will donate 15 percent of its sales during that time to the radiothon. All you have to do is mention that you’re there for Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

 “This is a very generous offer and we truly appreciate Buffalo Wild Wings for their willingness to help the children’s hospital,” said Cookie McKinney, manager of Children’s Initiatives at Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

 The radiothon will be held at the hospital on March 3-4 and broadcast live on the radio by Holston Valley Broadcasting. Several corporate sponsors in the community have done promotions to benefit the cause, and during the live broadcast of the radiothon they will have a chance to present the money they raised. For more information, click here. http://www.mshafoundation.org/events/radiothon

 Buffalo Wild Wings is located at 2035 Hamilton Place Drive, just off North State of Franklin Road.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

UCMH to host health insurance marketplace enrollment event

 ERWIN, Tenn. – Unicoi County Memorial Hospital will host an event to offer information about the federal health insurance marketplace on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the hospital’s lobby area. Representatives from Project Access will be on hand to answer questions about the marketplace and to offer assistance to individuals who want to sign up for coverage.

 The marketplace website, www.healthcare.gov, is up and running, and local groups like Project Access have been working for several weeks to help individuals and families find affordable coverage that meets their health care needs. For more information, contact Tracy Pate at Project Access at 423-232-6700 or visit www.ProjectAccessEastTN.org.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Blood Assurance blood drives coming up

Here are Blood Assurance blood drives scheduled at MSHA facilities for late January and February:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, Erwin. Walk-ins welcome or for appointment contact Chris Peterson, 743-1218
  • Friday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m.-noon, Princeton Transitional Care/Quillen Rehab Hospital, Johnson City. Walk-ins welcome or for appointment contact Ryan Youngblood, 952-1780
  • Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Johnson City. Walk-ins welcome or for appointment contact Kelly Odom, 302-1120
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City. Walk-ins welcome or for appointment contact Phyllis Hamilton, 431-6374
  • Friday, Feb. 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., MSHA Information Systems (old Specialty Hospital), Johnson City. Walk-ins welcome or for appointment contact Becca Oliver, 302-6131

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Blood Assurance blood drives set around MSHA for November/December

Blood Assurance will host the following blood drives in November and December at MSHA facilities:

     • Monday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Johnson County Community Hospital, Mountain City 
    • Wednesday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City 
    • Monday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Princeton Transitional Care/Quillen Rehab Hospital, Johnson City 
    • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City 
    • Monday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Johnson City 
    • Friday, Dec. 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., MSHA Information Systems (old Specialty Hospital), Johnson City

 For more information, call donor recruiter Mike Patterson at 423-298-4335 or visit www.bloodassurance.org.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Town of Erwin votes in favor of MSHA acquisition of UCMH

 ERWIN, Tenn. – The Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 4-0 on Monday, with one abstention, in favor of MSHA’s proposal to buy Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.
That follows on the heels of the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Board of Control’s 7-0 vote last week to approve the MSHA proposal. Next is a vote by the Unicoi County Commission on the matter, expected to come Aug. 26.

 The sale of the hospital to MSHA had already been approved twice by the UCMH Board of Control, but upon mandatory review by the state AG’s office, the sale was halted due to three concerns:

 1. The state’s Open Meetings Act was not followed by the UCMH Board of Control;

 2. Unicoi County and the Town of Erwin were not given a chance to approve the sale; and

 3. Monetary contribution promised to Erwin and to Unicoi County for health care needs had not been properly designated as such. 

 Last week’s UCMH Board of Control meeting and vote was aimed at satisfying the first concern, while the votes by the Town of Erwin and Unicoi County address the second concern. UCMH lawyers are addressing the third concern.

 The Erwin board’s vote Monday night came with alderman Robie Sullins abstaining.

 The Unicoi County Commission has one vacant spot that is expected to be filled prior to the UCMH vote.


Friday, June 14, 2013

TMs with diabetes, attend diabetes focus group luncheon July 2 and earn $25!

 Would you like to earn $25?

 If you have diabetes, type I or type II, are you participating in the MSHA Caring For Your Diabetes Program?

 If you are enrolled in MSHA medical insurance and not in this program, you are invited to a focus group luncheon Tuesday, July 2, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the JCMC Administrative Board Room. We would like to learn why you are not participating and what would make you want to participate. We want to hear from you, we will listen, and we will pay you $25 for attending!

 RSVP to attend by calling HR4U at 423-431-HR4U (4748) or emailing HR4U@msha.com.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

EAP to give 'Parenting With a Purpose' presentation on June 19 in JC

MSHA's Employee Assistance Program will give this presentation on June 19.

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