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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nursing scholarships available through Virginia Department of Health; find out more through our HR department

For any Mountain States team members in Virginia interested in becoming a nurse, did you know about the scholarships offered by the Virginia Department of Health? Here’s a link through Mountain States Human Resources that can help you apply.


Check out the various college collaborations on the page, and scroll down to click on the button for “Virginia Nursing Scholarship Programs.” The Virginia Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, offers several scholarship opportunities to help pay for nursing education.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Southwest Virginia hospitals host heart-healthy community events in conjunction with American Heart Month

 According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One in every three deaths is from heart disease or stroke, which equals 2,200 deaths per day. To raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and promote healthy communities, Johnston Memorial Hospital, Russell County Medical Center and Smyth County Community Hospital are hosting events aimed at helping people achieve better heart health.

 The community events are free to the public, and attendees will have the opportunity to hear from various medical staff who will provide tips on improving your heart health, limiting your risk of related diseases and more.

 There will also be health screenings offered at each location, including glucose and blood pressure. Community members who are found to be at risk of cardiovascular disease will be given vouchers to have an ankle-brachial index (ABI) screening performed at their local hospital for free. The event at Johnston Memorial Hospital will also offer cholesterol, bone density, stress management and sleep apnea screenings.

 Refreshments will be provided, and attendees will have a chance to win door prizes.

 The dates, times and locations are listed below.

 • Monday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m.

  Town Hall Community Center

  405 W. Main St., Lebanon, Virginia

  Please call 276-883-8190 for questions.

 • Friday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  Johnston Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center

  2nd floor conference room

  16000 Johnston Memorial Drive, Abingdon, Virginia

  Please call 276-258-3740 for questions.

 • Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

  Emory & Henry College

  School of Health Sciences

  W.L. Lemmon Lecture Hall

  565 Radio Hill Road, Marion, Virginia

  Please call 276-378-1206 for questions.

 For more information, visit

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

RCMC Relay for Life team hosting fundraiser co-ed softball tournament Aug. 27


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Grand Rounds at JMH on Jan. 7 to feature Dr. Andrew Rhinehart speaking on inpatient glycemic control

Dr. Andrew RhinehartABINGDON, Va. – The Medical Education Collaborative and the Johnston Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency are presenting a Grand Rounds session about inpatient glycemic control, given by Dr. Andrew Rhinehart, on Thursday, Jan. 7, from 7-8 a.m.

The presentation will take place in the JMH Cancer Center Conference Room. Dr. Rhinehart is chief medical officer for Glytec, an enterprise software company specializing in computerized insulin dosing, and prior to tht he was a diabetologist and program director for the JMH Diabetes Care Center. His talk is titled “Inpatient Glycemic Control in 4 Easy Steps.”

Everyone is invited, and a light breakfast will be served.

Inclement Weather Policy: If Washington County Public Schools are closed, Grand Rounds will NOT be held. If Washington County Public Schools are just delayed, Grand Rounds will be held. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Dr. Anthony DeSalvo rejoins Regional Cancer Center at JMH, RCMC

 ABINGDON, Va. – Oncologist/hematologist Anthony “Tony” DeSalvo, MD, has rejoined the Regional Cancer Center at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon and Russell County Medical Center in Lebanon.

 He practiced in the area from 2004 to 2006 as part of Cancer Outreach Associates. Dr. DeSalvo, his wife Justine, who previously practiced as an oncology nurse, and their son Christopher, who is enrolled in Abingdon High School, are delighted to be returning from Kona, Hawaii, where they have been since leaving the mainland. They also have two adult children living in Hawaii. 

 Dr. DeSalvo completed his medical residency and fellowship at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also completed a fellowship in geriatrics at Cornell University in Manhasset, N.Y. He served as a Marine reservist and on the Medical Disaster Assistance team in Hawaii.  

 Dr. DeSalvo will begin seeing patients in mid-July at the Regional Cancer Center: Johnston Memorial Hospital, 16000 Johnston Memorial Drive, and in August at the Regional Cancer Center: Russell County Medical Center at 58 Carroll Street Lebanon. Infusion services to support the medical oncology practice in Lebanon will begin in fall 2015. 

 Spanish-speaking patients are welcome; Dr. DeSalvo is bilingual. For more information call 276-258-1880.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

RCMC pharmacy's Tara Dalton participates in prestigious Pharmacy Leadership Institute

 LEBANON, Va. – Russell County Medical Center’s Tara Dalton, pharmacy operations manager, was selected to participate in the recent prestigious Pharmacy Leadership Institute in Bethesda, Md. She was Tara Daltonamong 40 pharmacists nationwide who were chosen by the ASHP Research and Education Foundation for the event, where they learned cutting-edge business principles to apply to pharmacy practice.

 “Tara has always been a leader in elevating patient care at Russell County Medical Center,” said Steven Givens, AVP/administrator at RCMC. “She strives for excellence in pharmacy practice and always focuses on what’s best for her patients. We’re very proud of her selection for the Institute and look forward to supporting her continued development as a leader.”

 This executive pharmacy educational program at Boston University’s Executive Leadership Center uses a relevant curriculum, high-quality instruction with peer interaction, and a project to broaden business skills and managerial versatility. The program fosters the extraordinary leadership demanded of today’s health-system pharmacy leaders. The Institute is offered as a collaborative effort with the ASHP Foundation’s Center for Health-System Pharmacy Leadership and Executive Leadership Center within Boston University’s School of Management, and is supported by the Cardinal Health Foundation.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

RCMC's motorcycle ride June 13 to support Relay For Life

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

IMPORTANT MESSAGE for Virginia TMs about state budget: Let your voice be heard!


 As you may already know, the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees released their budget proposals on Sunday, Feb. 16. Both budgets make investments in community hospitals. But only the Senate plan returns to the Commonwealth the nearly $2.9 billion in tax dollars and additional provider cuts we are already paying in order to close the coverage gap for the uninsured.

 The House proposal helps to stabilize our health care system in the near term and promotes meaningful reform of our existing Medicaid program. The Senate proposal allows us to reclaim Virginia tax dollars from the federal government and manage these resources in keeping with our long-standing tradition of prudent fiscal stewardship. It builds on Virginia's strengths and experience by relying on private health plans and health systems to assume risk for the newly covered population, coordinate care and manages costs effectively. This is one approach that could address MSHA's top priority of closing the coverage gap and starts a dialogue about charting a path forward.

 Mountain States Health Alliance is committed to working with the SWVa Delegation, the House and the Senate, as well as the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association to finalize a budget that is best for Virginia, its economy and the health and well-being of its citizens.

 Please contact your legislators and let them know how critically important it is to you that they work together, House and Senate, to find a solution that incorporates the tenets of both the House and Senate budget plans, while responsibly covering the uninsured Virginians and returning our hard-earned tax dollars to the Commonwealth.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

NCH Foundation's Winter Gala coming up Feb. 14

 BIG STONE GAP, Va. – The Norton Community Hospital Foundation’s 2014 Winter Gala is coming up Friday, Feb. 14, at Mountain Empire Community College, featuring a performance by up-and-coming country singer Kaitlyn Baker.

 Tickets for the evening are $50 per person and proceeds support the purchase of additional equipment for the hospital’s renovated surgical suite and FitOne.

 “We’re thrilled to have Kaitlyn Baker, who’s originally from Pound, Va., providing the entertainment for us,” said Lori Crisp, Norton Community Hospital’s director of Marketing & Communications. “She is a truly talented singer with her sights set on Nashville.

 “Justin Mullins, our Winter Gala Committee chairperson, has done a fabulous job lining up an evening of wonderful food and exciting entertainment on what could be the biggest date night of the year. And of course this all benefits our patients.”

 The gala will be held at the MECC’s Goodloe Center, 3441 Mountain Empire Road, in Big Stone Gap. It includes dinner at 6:30 p.m. and live entertainment starting at 8. Attire is semi-formal.

 The 19-year-old Baker recently signed with Silvercreek Records. To learn more about her music, visit

 RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 6, by calling Crisp at 276-220-2512 or emailing to

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Get out the vote! MSHA encouraging TMs to register

 In Virginia, we're in the midst of an election season. Virginia team members are seeing campaign commercials on television and reading about the elections in the newspapers. Virginians will go to the polls on Nov. 5 to elect a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General. All members of the House of Delegates will also be on the ballot.

 It is important to let your voice be heard. The MSHA Community and Government Relations Department is sponsoring a “Get Out the Vote” campaign through Oct. 14 to encourage our team members, patients and their families to register to vote.

 Information about how to register will be available in the lobby of each of our Virginia hospitals. Please contact Community and Government Relations Department if you have questions or need additional information by emailing to

 To register to vote or for more informatio,n visit


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