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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.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Auditions set for 2017’s "Broadway Comes to Greeneville"

Beginning Feb. 7, auditions will take place across the region for this year’s “Broadway Comes to Greeneville.” Youth ages 7 to 17 can audition to be cast in the annual event, which is a production of the Mountain States Foundation and presenting sponsor Consumer Credit Union.


Now in its sixth year, “Broadway Comes to Greeneville” raises awareness for Niswonger Children’s Hospital.


The cast will have the opportunity to perform alongside Broadway stars, who will be traveling to Greeneville to create a Broadway-style show featuring the selected area youth talent. David Elder (“Guys and Dolls,” “42nd Street”), Gary Mauer (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables”), Elizabeth Southard (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Sound of Music”) and Emily Skinner (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “Billy Elliot,” “Side Show”) will be performing at the event on Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m. at Niswonger Performing Arts Center (NPAC) in Greeneville, Tenn.


Any youth interested in auditioning should prepare a classical song, country song or Broadway song to perform for the judges. There will be a one-minute performance time for each vocalist, and for convenience, there will be a wireless speaker, piano and CD player available at each audition. However, if vocalists want to use an accompanist, they will need to bring their own. Vocalists can only audition once.


Audition times and locations are listed below.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 7, 5:30 p.m. – East Tennessee State University, Martha Street Culp Auditorium, D.P. Culp Center, Johnson City, Tenn.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m. – Annie Hogan Byrd Theatre, Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tenn.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m. – Barter Theatre, Stage II, 110 W. Main St., Abingdon, Va. 

For more information about the production of “Broadway Comes to Greeneville” or the auditions, please contact Cookie McKinney at 423-431-1224.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Barnes & Noble to donate percentage of sales from Dec. 10-16 to Niswonger Children's Hospital; kickoff event set for Saturday

The kickoff event on Saturday, Dec. 10, will go from 10 a.m.-noon with lots of fun and kids' activities.


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.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pediatric Echocardiography Conference coming up Nov. 7 at Niswonger

Pediatric Echocardiography Conference

Saturday, Nov. 7, Niswonger Children’s Hospital, Conference Room 1

 This conference will highlight new topics in pediatric echocardiography and review the sonographers’ technical approach for obtaining quality studies.

 Who should attend: Pediatric cardiologists, adult cardiologists, sonographers and students.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe procedure for a complete congenital echocardiogram
  • Distinguish various types of congenital heart abnormalities
  • Summarize current treatments for congenital heart abnormalities
  • Obtain a basic knowledge of congenital heart disease

Click here to learn more:

Click here to register:

 ACCME Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Quillen College of Medicine and Mountain States Health Alliance. The Quillen College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

 Designation of Credit: Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM . Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 Contact hour credit: 6.0:Mountain States Health Alliance – Organizational Development is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Neonatal conference being broadcast at Niswonger Children's Hospital Oct. 14-17

To register for education hours, contact Kim Walters at for coupon code, then follow this link:  




Thursday, October 1, 2015

'Take a Toss at the Boss' Children's Hospital Softball fundraiser set for Oct. 9 at MSHA Corporate HQ

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Colvett receives inaugural leadership award honoring the late Dr. James Gibson

Dr. Kyle Colvett, left, receives his award from Dr. Tony Haley, president of the Washington County Medical Staff medical executive committee.

Dr. Kyle Colvett, left, receives his award from Dr. Tony Haley.

 JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – The late Dr. James Gibson was remembered at the Washington County Quarterly Medical Staff Meeting earlier this month, and a new award for physician leadership was given out in his honor by the medical staff – the James Gibson Medical Staff Leadership Award. The first recipient was Kyle Colvett, MD, radiation oncologist for Appalachian Radiation Oncology Services and medical director for oncology services at Mountain States.

 Dr. Gibson passed away Feb. 3. He was a longtime radiologist at Mountain Empire Radiology until retiring in 2014, and served on the MSHA Board of Directors and well as boards for the Washington-Unicoi-Johnson County Medical Society, ETSU Foundation, ETSU Pirate Club, Johnson City Chamber of Commerce and many others. Gibson was a 2006 Servant’s Heart Award winner and a 2008 Spirit Award winner from the Mountain States Foundation.

Stacey Reed, scholarship winner, with Dr. Andrew Fletcher. Dr. Colvett has served as chief of staff at JCMC and other Washington County hospitals, is on various committees and boards, is a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve and Tennessee Army National Guard, and is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters. He also is active in medical mission work, primarily in northern Haiti.

 Dr. Gibson’s widow, Dottie, and family members were present at the medical staff meeting for the presentation of the award to Dr. Colvett. The meeting was held at the Blackthorn Club at The Ridges.

 The Johnson City Medical Center Medical Staff Scholarship to ETSU was also presented to Science Hill High School graduate Stacey Reed (pictured above with Dr. Andrew Fletcher).

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