Sycamore Shoals Hospital | Recent Briefs

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cindy Verzi named interim CNO at Sycamore Shoals

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – Cindy Verzi, MSN, RN, NE-BC, has assumed the interim role as Cindy Verzichief nursing officer at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.

 

Cindy has been with Mountain States since 1985 and began as a nurse intern. She graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and also in 2010 with a Master of Science in Nursing. She is certified through the ANCC as a Nurse Executive.

 

Cindy has experience in surgical floor nursing, the adult ICU, and in the emergency department at JCMC and as an industrial medicine nurse at Indian Path Medical Center. She was the director of nursing practice at JCMC before returning to Sycamore Shoals. She serves as director of quality for the southeast market.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mediserve's Jacey Augustus invites team members to public ceremony Saturday for historical marker

 The public is invited to a public event for the Elizabethton Blue Grays Tennessee State Historical Marker unveiling on Saturday, July 23, at 11 a.m. in Elizabethton, Tenn. The Blue Grays were an African-American semiprofessional baseball team from Elizabethton in the 1930s to 1950s, and Mediserve's Jacey Augustus has been the driving force in getting the historical landmark.

 Everyone is also asked to visit and like the Blue Grays on Facebook.

 The location of the historical marker ceremony is Blue Grays Field at Douglas Park in Elizabethton (corner of Church Street and South Lynn Avenue).


Monday, May 23, 2016

Covered Bridge 5K Run and 3K Walk coming up June 11 to benefit SSH Foundation; registration open

 ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – The annual Covered Bridge 5K Run and 3K Walk benefiting Sycamore Shoals Hospital Foundation is set for Saturday, June 11, at 8 a.m. Registration will be located in the heart of downtown at the City Hall parking lot on Hattie Avenue between Riverside and Sycamore streets. Both races will finish at the same location after crossing through the historic covered bridge.

 All proceeds from the race benefit the SSH Foundation, which helps to fund needed equipment, supplies and programs for Sycamore Shoals Hospital. Last year 285 people participated in the 5K run and 3K walk, and $6,100 was raised for patient needs at SSH.

 The course is fairly flat with slightly rolling hills so it should be a good course for a PR.

 Participants can pre-register for the race through June 5 at runtricities.org under the “Event Calendar.” The discounted early registration fee for the Covered Bridge run is $20 through June 3, and $25 from June 4 through race day. T-shirts are guaranteed for pre-registrants and will be available, while supplies last, for those registering after June 3.

 Late registration for both events and packet pick-up for pre-registered participants will be held on Friday, June 10, from 5-7 p.m. and on race day from 6:30-7:30 a.m. at the City Hall parking lot on Hattie Avenue.

 After the race, awards will be given at the Covered Bridge Festival stage for the top overall male and female runners and walkers and also for the top three in each age group.  The race is sponsored by Sycamore Shoals Hospital, CenturyLink, Citi, and Watauga Lakeshore Marina and Resort. For more information, contact Sharon Sheppard at 423-542-1338 or at sheppardsf@msha.com.


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 www.marshblood.com.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Sycamore Shoals Hospital to offer discounted health screening on Saturday

 ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. –Sycamore Shoals Hospital will host a community health screening from 7-9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9. The screening will provide free blood-pressure checks and discounted blood work.

 The bloodwork will include a full lipid panel for cholesterol, glucose levels and hematocrit count for $15 cash. No insurance is needed and at least a 10-hour fast is required. 

 To register, call 1-800-888-5551. Walk-ins are also welcome.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Covered Bridge 5K Run/3K Walk coming up June 13

 ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – The annual Covered Bridge 5K Run and 3K Walk benefiting Sycamore Shoals Hospital Foundation is set for Saturday, June 13, at 8 a.m. Parking and registration will be located in the heart of downtown at the City Hall parking lot on Hattie Avenue between Riverside and Sycamore streets. Both races will finish at the same location after crossing through the historic covered bridge.

 All proceeds from the race benefit the SSH Foundation, which helps to fund needed equipment, supplies and programs for Sycamore Shoals Hospital. Last year, more than 400 people participated and nearly $12,000 was raised for patient needs at SSH.

 Participants can pre-register for the race through June 5 at www.werunevents.com or at www.mshafoundation.org/events/covered-bridge-run.

 The discounted early registration fee for the Covered Bridge run is $20 through June 5, and $25 from June 6 through race day. Moisture-wicking, technical T-shirts are guaranteed for pre-registrants, and will be available, while supplies last, for those registering after June 5.

 Late registration for both events and packet pick-up for pre-registered participants will be held on Friday, June 12, from 5-7 p.m. and on race day from 6:30-7:30 a.m. at the City Hall parking lot on Hattie Avenue.

After the race, awards will be given at the Covered Bridge Festival stage for the top overall male and female runners and also for the top three runners in each age group.  The race is sponsored by Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Citi, Watauga Lakeshore Marina and Resort, and CenturyLink. For more information, contact Sharon Sheppard at (423) 542-1338 or at sheppardsf@msha.com.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dr. Megan Johnson joins Elizabethton family medicine practice

Dr. Megan Johnson JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Megan Johnson, MD, will be joining Mountain States Medical Group Family Medicine – Elizabethton in September. Dr. Johnson has a special interest in preventative medicine and enjoys treating patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic diseases.

 The West Virginia native earned her medical degree at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington. She completed her residency at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City.

 Dr. Johnson will practice at Mountain States Medical Group Family Medicine - Elizabethton at 1497 W. Elk Ave., Suite 21, where she is accepting new patients of all ages. For more information call 423-542-7420.


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.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

SSH hosting Virtual Dementia Tours as educational tool for those who care for dementia patients

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – Sycamore Shoals Hospital is hosting Virtual Dementia Tours on March 26 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The program was intended as an educational exercise for SSH team members but has been opened to the public, as well.

The free tour, presented by Home Instead Senior Care of Jonesborough, is an interactive learning experience designed to help those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. It helps demonstrate what it is like to have dementia. Each tour takes about 15 minutes.

To sign up in advance, or for more information, contact Cheryl Ewing at 423-542-1441or EwingCL@msha.com, or Lisa Hayes at 543-1394 or HayesLM3@msha.com.


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

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