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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.


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).

Friday, April 17, 2015

Car wash, 'Taste of Liberia' fundraisers coming up to benefit Liberian children

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – BEST (Bennah Empowering through Strategic Training) is hosting two fundraiser events – a car wash on Saturday, April 18, and “A Taste of Liberia” meal on Friday, April 24 – to help support children in the rural area of Kingsville, Liberia, a region that was hit hard by the Ebola outbreak.

 BEST is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to empower the less fortunate in rural Liberia through education and vocational training. Donations to these events are being accepted and will help provide educational opportunities for underprivileged children in Kingsville.

 Two Mountain States team members at Woodrige Hospital with Liberia roots – Handerson Bennah and his sister, Kamah Bennah – are part of the BEST organization.

  • The car wash will be held April 18 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bojangles, 1709 W. State of Franklin Road, next to ETSU.
  • “A Taste of Liberia” will take place April 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. People can enjoy a taste of Liberian cuisine plus fun and fellowship.

For more information, contact Handerson Bennah at 423-833-3188.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Pass the word about Career Fair coming up Dec. 11 at CBO in Johnson City

Do you have friends and family looking for entry-level job opportunities within the MSHA Revenue Cycle? Please help spread the word about our Career Expo, coming up Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Mountain States CBO (Corporate Business Office), Plaza II, from 3-7 p.m.

There will be a variety of opportunities within Health Information Management, Medical Billing, Scheduling, Customer Service, Coding and Patient Registration, with interviews being held on-site with the possibility of offers being made on-the-spot.

Applicants will need to bring a copy of their resume and they must be a high school graduate with PC skills and be self-motivated, detail-oriented and have strong customer service skills.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

We want bras! Cancer center collecting donated bras for breast cancer patients

Drop-off boxes are at the Regional Cancer Center and JCMC and at the Women's Imaging Center below The Wellness Center.

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mountain States will be collecting bras to give to breast cancer patients. Drop-off boxes are at the Regional Cancer Center at Johnson City Medical Center and at the Women’s Center at Med Tech Park, located on the bottom floor of The Wellness Center.

 “It seems like almost everyone has been affected by breast cancer, either directly or through a friend or family member,” said Karen Hampton, site supervisor at the Regional Cancer Center at JCMC. “People like to help out when they see a need, and donating bras is such a small thing to do but it will help out so many patients who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer.”

 Bras with tags on them will be donated to cancer patients; those without a tag will be donated to local women’s shelters.

 For more information, call Karen at 423-232-6904 or email HamptonKA@msha.com.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Oct. 5-11 is National Mental Illness Awareness Week

Oct. 5-11 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, also known as Mental Health Awareness Week.  It was established to recognize efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. It takes place every year during the first full week of October.

An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older – about one in four adults – suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. However, stigma surrounding mental illness is a major barrier that prevents people from seeking the mental health treatment that they need. Programs during Mental Illness Awareness Week are designed to create community awareness and discussion in an effort to put an end to stigma and advocate for treatment and recovery.

During this week, mental health advocates and organizations across the U.S. join together to sponsor a variety of events to promote community outreach and public education concerning mental illnesses such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. At Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital, team members are participating in various activities including wearing green (the official color) ribbons all week, doing a scavenger hunt, educational quizzes, contests and a green walk to earn money for activities for our patients.

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:


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


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


  • 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.

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