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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Surviving the Snake 100K/50K Bicycle Ride coming up Sept. 13 to benefit JCCH

 MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. – The fourth annual Surviving the Snake 100K/50K Bicycle Ride is set for Sept. 13, giving riders a scenic, challenging ride while helping support the Johnson County Community Hospital Foundation.

 The 100-kilometer ride will start at Ralph Stout Park near downtown and take cyclists on some of the legendary motorcycle route known as “The Snake” along U.S. Highway 421 from Mountain City to the quaint community of Shady Valley. The 100K route includes a pass by Watauga Lake, a mountain climb with almost 1,500 feet of elevation gain over four miles, and a visit to Damascus, Va., known as Trail Town USA.

 Proceeds go to the JCCH Foundation for a Cardiac Exercise Stress System which is used to diagnose heart disease. Last year’s ride raised about $15,000 to help the hospital finish upgrading its mammography exam and waiting rooms.

 “This is a gorgeous ride that benefits a great cause,” said Karen Clark of the Mountain States Foundation. “Riders can have the full ‘metric century’ experience or do the 50K that doesn’t include the mountain ascent.

 “It’s challenging, but it’s a fun, friendly event and the people who’ve done the ride have really enjoyed it.”

 All pre-registered riders get a race T-shirt with their name on it, and a full lunch will be provided after the ride.

 “This is no doubt the best-kept secret of a bike ride, just 15 minutes from Boone N.C.,” said Jim Marler, one of the race organizers and a past ride participant. “It’s extremely well-organized with scenery ranging from the Blue Ridge Mountains to riding beside whitewater streams.

 “This ride also has some of the smoothest roads of any event anywhere. No matter if you choose the metric or half metric route, the good SAG, rest stops and delicious food afterward makes this one a great, memorable biking event.”

 Bikes hit the road at 8:30 a.m. Both rides start and finish at Ralph Stout Park near downtown Mountain City, located at 465 N. Shady St. on U.S. 421. Registration is $40 in advance, $50 on ride day. There is a 250-rider limit.

 Surviving the Snake is a timed ride rather than a race and will be held on an open course. Aid stations will be provided. Event-day registration will start at 6:30 a.m.

 For more information or to register online, visit or call Mountain States Foundation at 423-302-3131.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

JCCH's second annual Taste of the Mountains to raise money for infant incubator

 MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. – Babies born prematurely at Johnson County Community Hospital are the focus of the fundraising goal for this year’s Taste of the Mountains event on Saturday, March 8. The event includes a wine tasting, dinner and an auction.

 Money raised will go to purchase an infant incubator, which is critical for taking care of preemies who are waiting to be transferred to Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

 This year’s event sponsored by Johnson County Community Hospital Foundation will be held at Red Tail Mountain Golf & Country Club. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a wine tasting and include dinner provided by Red Tail Mountain, desserts donated by local restaurants, and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $50.

 To purchase tickets or for more information about this year’s Taste of the Mountains, contact Kerry Stout at 423-727-1110 or

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Trivette accepts position as assistant administrator at JCCH

 MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. -- Chastity Trivette has accepted the position of assistant administrator, director of Ancillary Services, at Johnson County Community Hospital. She will serve as the local leader for Johnson County and report directly to Dwayne Taylor, CEO of JCCH and SSH.

 Trivette will continue with most of her radiology responsibilities and assume additional responsibilities as the assistant administrator. Taylor said he will pick up some of the responsibilities previously held by former administrator Lisa Heaton, including Johnson County Medical Group, outpatient psychiatric, medical staff and board.

“I believe Chastity will do a fantastic job and I’m looking forward to working with her and the team,” Taylor said.

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

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

Monday, November 12, 2012

Parents' Time-Out Dec. 11: Free child care for MSHA team members

 Parents, are you feeling out of sorts? Feeling kind of frazzled? Grumpy? Do you need a timeout?

 The staff of HospiTOTS and the Children’s Center is offering parents the chance to leave the kids with them (at no charge) and take a couple of hours to go shopping or out to eat. This year’s Parents’ Time-Out will be on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 6:30-9 p.m. Parents’ Time-Out is available for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old at HospiTOTS and children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old at The Children’s Center of Sycamore Shoals. Fun activities and a snack will be provided.

 Parents’ Time-Out is available for all team members’ children whether or not they currently attend HospiTOTS or the Children’s Center. A reservation is required by calling Laurie at HospiTOTS (431-6971) or Cindy at The Children’s Center (542-4310). The deadline for making reservations is 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10.

 HospiTOTS is located at 1719 W. Market St., Johnson City, near the intersection of West Market Street and State of Franklin Road, next to Long John Silver's. The Children's Center is located in Elizabethton at 408 Bemberg Road in the Shoals Center behind Elizabethton High School.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Do you know someone with a true servant's heart?

Patient-Centered Care is now accepting nominations for the next round of Servant's Heart recipients. If you know someone who exemplifies MSHA's commitment to patient-centered care and has been a team member for at least five years, then take the time to nominate them. You can nominate a front-line team member, a leader, a physician or volunteer.

 You can also look at a list of the past winners and see their stories told on video.

 Servant's Heart is the most prestigious award MSHA presents. Take a few minutes to think about some of the people around you who might be deserving, then look over the nomination form (it's quick and easy) and nominate someone who deserves to be recognized as a true servant of others.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

You can win extra PTO, gift card in the 'Don't Be Afraid to Save for Retirement Contest'

The Lincoln Financial Group and MSHA Human Resources are in Week 2 of the “Don’t Be Afraid to Save For Retirement” Contest. More than 75 team members have already entered. You could win four hours of PTO and a $100 Visa gift card. 

How to enter:
 1. Everyone who starts contributing to their 401k/403b for the first time will receive four entries into the drawing.
 2. Anyone who has stopped their contribution prior to Sept. 1, 2012, and restarts their contribution will receive two entries
 3. Anyone who increases their contribution will receive one entry
 4. Anyone who moves PTO time to their 401k receives one entry

 There will be one prize awarded for Virginia team members and one for Tennessee team members. The drawing will be held on Halloween Day, Oct. 31.

 You can enter the contest any of the following ways:
 1. Contact Mickey Byrd or Lisa Franklin by phone at 423-431-1615.
 2. Email and
 3. Complete a quick enrollment form and fax to 423-431-1600.
 4. Log in to
 5. Call 1-800-234-3500 Monday -Friday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
 6. PTO transfer form available on the MSHA intranet.

 You may qualify only one time during the contest, and Taft Simmons will make final determination of prizes and eligibility.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

JCCH's Heaton named to state Board of Nursing

 MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. - Lisa Heaton, MSN, RN, assistant vice president and chief nursing officer for Johnson County Community Hospital in Mountain City, has been appointed for a two-year term to the state Board of Nursing by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

 She will represent Northeast Tennessee on the 11-member regulatory agency which sets standards for nursing practice, grants and renews licenses and sets minimum requirements and approval for nursing education curriculum throughout the state.

 Heaton, a JCCH team member for 20 years, also sits on the National Rural Health Association Congress and is a past president of the Tennessee Rural Health Association. “Being able to oversee the scope of practice for nursing in the state of Tennessee is an exciting challenge,” she said.


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