2013 Briefs Archive

Friday, December 20, 2013

Youth talent search under way for annual "Singular Sensational Evening" event

 Youth auditions for “{One} Singular Sensational Evening {AGAIN}” will be held in three locations in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Five finalists, including one featured soloist, will be invited to perform with four professional Broadway stars in an evening of entertainment at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville, Tenn., on April 12, 2014, to benefit Niswonger Children’s Hospital. A number of extras will also be chosen from among the auditioning performers.

 The concert, put on by Mountain States Foundation and presenting sponsor Consumer Credit Union, benefits Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

 For the audition, children ages 7 to 17 are required to prepare a Broadway song, a country song or a classical song of their choosing. Each vocalist will have a one-minute performance time. A CD player and a piano will be available at each audition, but vocalists will need to bring their own accompanists if desired.

 Auditions will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Monday, Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m. at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn., Mathes Music Hall, Room 107
  • Monday, Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m. at Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tenn., Annie Hogan Byrd Theatre
  • Monday, Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m. at Barter Theatre Stage II in Abingdon, Va.

 For more information, call Cookie McKinney at 423-431-1224.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

JCCT's Dec. 21 performance of 'A Christmas Schooner' to benefit Mountain States Foundation

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Johnson City Community Theatre’s Dec. 21 performance of “The Christmas Schooner” will benefit Mountain States Foundation.

 At the end of each evening of “The Christmas Schooner,” which opens Dec. 6, a donation will be collected for a different local charity that is close to the hearts of JCCT members and the community. In this season of peace on earth and goodwill for people everywhere, JCCT asks that attendees give whatever they can, even if it is just the loose change in your pocket.

 More information on each night’s charity can be found in the lobby or at the box office. On evenings with 150 people or more in the audience, the charity for that evening will receive a percentage of the box office receipts as well.

 For more information, visit www.jcct.info or call 423-926-2542. MSHA is a season sponsor for JCCT.

Friday, November 8, 2013

CrestPoint Health shares Medicare Advantage information at MSHA locations through Dec. 4

Monica Dyson, stationed at SoFHA, is one of the CrestPoint reps hosting info tables at various MSHA locations.

 CrestPoint Health is hosting information tables at JCMC and State of Franklin Healthcare in Johnson City, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton, and at the office of MSMG Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Kingsport, to help MSHA team members and others who have questions about Medicare Advantage (MA) insurance plans.

 Team members who will soon turn 65 or who are assisting seniors with Medicare Advantage decisions can drop by any of these locations to find out how to compare MA plans and to learn about the benefits of CrestPoint Health’s new CLASSIC, ELITE and VALUE Medicare Advantage plans.

 Representatives will be available through the first week of December; no appointment is needed. The Medicare Advantage Annual Enrollment Period, the only time of the year MA members can switch plans, ends on Dec. 7. For more information, visit a CrestPoint representative during the following times:

Johnson City Medical Center, main entrance lobby 
    10 a.m.-1 p.m. 
    Mondays, Nov. 11, 18 & Dec. 2

Sycamore Shoals Hospital, cafeteria hallway 
    Noon-2 p.m. 
    Fridays, Nov. 8, 15, 22 & Dec. 6

MSMG – Kingsport, 2204 Pavilion Drive, Suite 310, on the IPMC campus 
    8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
    Mondays, Nov. 11, 18, 25 & Dec. 2

State of Franklin Healthcare Associates, 301 Med Tech Parkway, Suite 301, Johnson City 
    9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Noon-2:30 p.m. 
    Mondays, Nov. 11, 18, 25 & Dec. 2 
    Tuesdays, Nov. 12, 19, 26 & Dec. 3 
    Wednesdays, Nov. 13, 20, 27 & Dec. 4

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 www.bloodassurance.org.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Nov. 4-10 is National Radiologic Technology Week

 Nov. 4-10 is Radiologic Technology Week, as recognized by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. The week-long celebration calls attention to the important role medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in patient care and health care safety. The celebration takes place each November to commemorate the anniversary of the X-ray's discovery by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895.

 This year's theme is “R.T.s: Positioning Ourselves for Excellence.” For more information, visit www.asrt.org.

 MSHA says “Thanks!” to all the radiologic technologists who help us bring loving care to health care.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Appalachian Express Chorus announces holiday schedule


 The Appalachian Express Chorus, a longtime volunteer musical group for Mountain States Health Alliance, will give holiday performances on Nov. 30 in Bristol, Dec. 7 in Kingsport and Dec. 13 in Johnson City.

 The group will perform Nov. 30 at Paramount Theatre in Bristol at 7 p.m. On Dec. 7, the chorus will perform at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport at 2 p.m. The final concert will be Dec. 13 at the Johnson City Memorial Community Center at 7 p.m.

 For ticket information, call 423-384-9992 or visit www.appalachianexpresschorus.org.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Feeling the stress of caring for an aging parent? Look for support at MSHA blog

 If you’re helping care for aging parents, you’re probably feeling some stress from it. That’s to be expected. But you can find support in the form of MSHA’s “Caring for Aging Parents” blog on the Fit4Life site.

 To visit the blog, click here

 It’s basically a sounding board and Q&A resource for anyone experiencing challenges as they care for aging parents. MSHA team members can check in and post their questions, or give answers and suggestions to others who post comments.

 For more information about the blog and MSHA's Employee Assistance Program, click here.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Time to fall back!

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night! Daylight savings time ends on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 a.m. Now is also a good time to check the batteries in your home's smoke detectors and double check wall heaters to make sure there's nothing combustible nearby.

In 2012, the Johnson City Fire Department responded to 21 fires that started because of failure or misuse of heating equipment. The leading factor contributing to space heater fires in general was heating equipment that was too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding. Other leading factors were failure to clean and leaving operating heaters unattended.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's National Respiratory Care Week

National Respiratory Care Week is being celebrated this week, from Oct. 20-26. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize the members of the Respiratory Care team here at MSHA, and the special contribution they make to our health care team. Please join our team in celebrating this special week. Thank you!

Monday, October 21, 2013

This is Pastoral Care Week; say 'thanks' to our pastoral care providers

 This is Pastoral Care Week, from Oct. 21-26. It’s an opportunity for chaplains and pastoral care counselors, educators and providers to share their story and to celebrate various ministries, and for people to show their appreciation to those who provide pastoral care.

 This week we:

    • Celebrate the education for and practice of spiritual care through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling;

    • Honor and celebrate all practitioners of pastoral care;

    • Express appreciation to institutions and their staff who support pastoral care ministries;

    • Promote continuing education for clergy, laity and institutional employees regarding the value of pastoral care.

 When you see any of the MSHA Spiritual Care chaplains, volunteer chaplains or students, thank them for their ministry of grace and hope.

Monday, October 21, 2013

20th annual Pulmonary Critical Care Symposium coming up Nov. 7-8

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The 20th annual Pulmonary Critical Care Symposium will he held Nov. 7-8 at The Millennium Center. This symposium is designed to enhance the education of physicians, respiratory therapists, nurses and other allied health care professionals in the most recent advancements involving management of pulmonary patients.

The program will include a general session each morning, with breakout sessions in the afternoons consisting of an adult track and a neonatal/pediatric track. The program has been approved for 5.25 continuing education hours each day.

 Registration for MSHA team members is $65 for one day, or $110 for both days. Lunch will be provided. Exhibitors will be on hand to display the latest products and technology.

 For more information, email SmithPHL@msha.com or call 423-431-6705.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Komen Race for the Cure coming up Oct. 20; join a team or make a donation

 KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The eighth annual Susan G. Komen Tri-Cities Race for the Cure 5K Run and Walk is coming up Oct. 20 at Memorial Park. All net proceeds go to research, education, screening and treatment programs for breast cancer.

 Click here for more information.

 Participate and show everyone whose life you are running for! Rally around someone you know who was just diagnosed, someone who has fought the battle, or someone who may have lost the battle. No matter whose life you are running for, now is the time to get involved and run for their life!

 MSHA has half a dozen teams entered, so visit the event page now to make a donation or to join a team. The goal is to get 6,500 participants and raise $500,000!

 Entry fee is $30 before Oct. 19, $35 after that date. Registration is available on race day. For more information about the event, entry fees for the 5K or the Survivor 5K Walk or Run, and the Dash for the Cure for kids, click here.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Sports auction helps Children's Hospital Softball Classic raise money

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – As part of the ninth annual Children's Hospital Softball Classic, sponsored by Lincoln Financial, which was held Oct. 10-12 at Winged Deer Park, a silent auction is being held to raise money for the Niswonger Children's Hospital.

 You can show your support to the Children's Hospital by bidding on the following items now through Oct. 25:

     • Football signed by Butch Jones, University of Tennessee head football coach

     • Football signed by Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech head football coach

     • Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt University signed baseball

     • Baseball signed by the 2013 Johnson City Cardinals

     • Two tickets to the Sprint Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway ($200 value)

    • Baseball signed by Hall of Famer and former Braves great Phil Neikro

 Items for auction have been generously donated by the University of Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Johnson City Cardinals and Bristol Motor Speedway in order to help raise money for the Children's Hospital.

Use the following link or access the auction through the MSHA Pulse intranet site under In the Spotlight: Niswonger Children's Hospital Softball Tournament Auction

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Come on, team members, we need Servant's Heart nominations! Deadline is Nov. 30

 The 10th annual Servant’s Heart Awards nominations are under way, with the deadline for nominations Nov. 30. This is MSHA’s highest honor; if you know someone who exemplifies the guiding principles of Patient-Centered Care, they may be eligible for a Servant’s Heart Award. 

 Click here for more information or to submit a nomination.

 The award honors MSHA team members, leaders, volunteers and physicians who truly live the philosophy and Guiding Principles of Patient-Centered Care. Recipients of the Servant’s Heart Award don’t just do their jobs well; they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty and they do it with caring and compassion. Quite simply, they possess the heart of a servant. Servant’s Hearts recipients love and care for people, both within their paid positions at MSHA and throughout their community.

 Team members can find the link for nominations on Pulse, the MSHA intranet home page, under “In the Spotlight.”

 Click here to read a full story on the Servant's Heart nominations that ran Sept. 3 in The Mountain Star.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blood Assurance blood drives set for this month in Johnson City

 MSHA has several Blood Assurance blood drives scheduled. Check out these dates and find a time you can donate. Giving blood saves lives!

 JCMC – Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
 IS (old Specialty Hospital) – Friday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
 FWCH – Friday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sawyer takes position as IPMC assistant administrator/CFO

Stephen SawyerI am very pleased to announce that Stephen “Steve” Sawyer has accepted the position as the CFO/Assistant Administrator for Indian Path Medical Center. Steve has been the Chief Financial Officer at Norton Community Hospital and Dickenson Community Hospital for the past three years. 

He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Maine at Machias in Finance and received his MBA, Business Administration from the University of Maine. He brings 26 years of Healthcare experience to Indian Path Medical Center. 

Steve and his wife, DJ, live in Wise, Va. He began his new role here at IPMC on Oct. 6.

Please welcome Steve Sawyer to his new position as the CFO/Assistant Administrator for Indian Path Medical Center.

Monty McLaurin, FACHE
VicePresident/Chief Executive Officer

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Message from our CEO: Thanks to all for efforts on Baldrige visit

 Our Baldrige National Quality Award site visit came to a close today, and I want to thank each of you for your participation! As you are aware, MSHA was one of only eight health care entities to receive a national site visit, a very significant honor and reflection of the quality of our processes used to deliver care to residents of our region.

 The eight Baldrige examiners talked to over 1,000 people and they continually commented that our team members, physicians, and volunteers were friendly and very willing to stop and answer their questions. I believe that together we were able to demonstrate The MSHA Difference to these award examiners, and I hope they were able to meet as many of you as possible. The next step in the process is the judges’ meeting, which will occur in November. I am looking forward to finding out if we are a winner of this prestigious national award towards the middle of November! Regardless, we will receive a valuable Feedback Report that will allow us to continue to improve upon our processes as we deliver loving care to those within our region.

Once again, thank you.

Dennis Vonderfecht, MSHA President & CEO

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Celebrate Women breast cancer awareness event coming up Oct. 17

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 GovernmentAffairs@msha.com

 To register to vote or for more informatio,n visit www.vote.virginia.gov/.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Attend Lync sessions to learn more about health care reform, insurance marketplaces

 Are you confused about health care reform or health insurance marketplaces? The Benefits Department of MSHA Human Resources is hosting a series Lync sessions highlighting these topics.

    • Thursday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. 
    • Tuesday, Oct. 8, noon 
    • Wednesday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. 
    • Tuesday, Oct. 15, noon

 To join in at meeting time, click here: https://meet.msha.com/gallatinbj/37TK0WH6

 For more information, call the HR Hotline at 423-431-HR4U (4748) Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or email HR4U@msha.com.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Check out this 'groovy' retirement savings incentive

Monday, September 23, 2013

Summer Car Spectacular Sept. 28 in Elizabethton supports SSH

 ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – The Summer Spectacular Car Show, sponsored by Snap-On to benefit the Sycamore Shoals Hospital Foundation, is set for Saturday, Sept. 28, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Snap-on plant at 2195 Stateline Road.

 The event will include door prizes, music and food. The Snap-on plant has been renovated and expanded so tours of the facility will be offered to the public.

 There is no fee for spectators but donations are appreciated. Proceeds will be used by the Sycamore Shoals Hospital Foundation to benefit patients and their families at the hospital.

 The car competition will award dash plaques. Those who pre-register will get a discount on their entry feel and receive a goody bag.
For more information, contact Snap-on at 423-297-9810.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sean McMurray puts in winning bid for baby grand piano to benefit Mountain States Foundation


 Thanks to all who made a bid for the elegant, 1925-era Lester Baby Grand piano that was auctioned off to benefit the Mountain States Foundation last month. The winning bid was $2,500 by Sean McMurray, vice president and CEO at Johnston Memorial Hospital.

 The piano was played on Broadway by Mrs. Bea Ellis and is in above-average condition, having been refurbished at some point. The piano was donated to the Foundation and put up for auction on Pat’s List, MSHA’s online bidding site that benefits Mountain States Foundation. MSHA team members will be alerted at new items are put up for auction.

 Congratulations and thanks to Sean!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ellison, MSMG Glade Spring Community Clinic win 'Best of' honors in Washington County, Va.

Kim Ellison, NP, was voted Best Doctor. GLADE SPRING, Va. – MSMG Glade Spring Community Clinic and nurse practitioner Kim Ellison were recently honored by readers in the Best of Washington County 2013 readers’ choice poll in the Washington County (Va.) News.

 The clinic was first place among voters for Best Doctor’s Office, while Ellison was voted Best Doctor.

 “Our clinic is honored to receive an award that comes from the community we serve,” said Jane Collins, site supervisor at the clinic. “All our team members truly strive to bring loving care to health care in our community.”

Thursday, August 22, 2013

CarFit event Sept. 27 to help seniors with car safety

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – A CarFit event to help with driver safety for seniors is coming up Sept. 27 at Memorial Park Community Center/Senior Center. CarFit is an educational program designed to help older drivers find out how well they currently fit their personal vehicle and to promote driver safety.

 The event will take place from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the community center at 510 Bert St.

 If you’re a senior and you’d like to have this service, or if you know someone who could benefit from this, call Amy Cook Otto at 423-434-6229. To learn more about the program, visit www.car-fit.org, or visit the webpage for the upcoming Johnson City event by clicking here. http://www.car-fit.org/carfit/ViewEvent/2849/

 CarFit was created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA (American Automobile Association), AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. The program helps older drivers find out how well they currently fit their personal vehicle, highlights actions they can take to improve their fit, and promote conversations about driver safety and community mobility. A proper fit in one’s personal vehicle can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety but also the safety of others.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Thanks to everyone who gave, United Way TM Campaign raised $305,000!

 The MSHA United Way Team Member Campaign last month raised $305,750 – almost $30,000 more than last year. It was one of the highest totals in recent years. The money will enable United Way to support a long list of great causes in our region.

 “Giving to this organization really is a great way for each of us to make a difference in the lives of people in need,” said Jamie Parsons, vice president for Human Resources and chairman of the MSHA Team Member Campaign. “Because of your generosity, we were able to raise more than $305,000 to help local charities. We just want to say thank you to everybody who contributed and helped make this a successful campaign.”

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Home Health in Kingsport earns Reader's Choice honors

Vanessa Rouse (left), RN, patient care manager; and Kim Martin, Kingsport branch manager.

 KINGSPORT, Tenn. – MSHA’s Medical Center HomeCare in Kingsport was recently voted as “Best Home Health” in a Kingsport Times-News Reader’s Choice poll.

 “We are so fortunate to have such a great group of team members,” said Kim Martin, branch manager for MSHA HomeCare in Kingsport. “Each Home Health team member works so hard and it is an honor to be recognized by the community as the No. 1 home care agency in the area! I am proud to lead such a great group!”

Monday, August 5, 2013

SSH's The Children's Center a finalist in Elizabethton Star's Reader's Choice poll

 ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – If you think The Children’s Center at Sycamore Shoals Hospital is a great day care center, show your support by voting for them in the Elizabethton Star’s seventh annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

 Click here to vote. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7ZFC5DT 

 Voting begins on Monday, Aug. 5, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 18, at midnight. There are 130 different categories, each with several finalists to choose from. The “Best Day Care Services” category is No. 85 and

 The Children’s Center is one of five finalists.
The survey has voting categories like Best Bank, Best College, Best Dry Cleaner, Best Golf Course and even Best Hospital.

 The Elizabethton Star website is www.starhq.com.

Monday, August 5, 2013

IMPORTANT NEWS at JCMC: South entrance to close for construction; traffic rerouted


 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- The South red light entrance into Johnson City Medical Center will be closed starting Friday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. for about three weeks due to construction on the surgery tower. 

 Traffic going to the team member parking garage and back lots as well as the 310 medical office building and the Heart Hospital will be rerouted, entering off State of Franklin Road through the entrance located just below the ER and Wings Air Rescue landing area. 

 JCMC security and the Johnson City Police Department will assist with traffic during the morning shift and afternoon shift change.

 This construction will create a better entrance for the 310 building, the Heart Hospital and the new surgery expansion. 

 The surgery tower construction is going well and should wrap up the first week of September, according to Jeff Clinebell, senior project manager for Construction, with plans in place to serve the first patient at the end of October. Team member training for the new surgery building will begin soon.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Life insurance and disability changing from Sun Life to Reliance Standard

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sunday, Aug. 4, is International Forgiveness Day

 “Let forgiveness be the catalyst for a healthy chain reaction. Forgiveness sterilizes the wound, which permits healing, which releases energy for growth.” – David W. Schell

 Just a quick reminder that International Forgiveness Day is this Sunday, Aug. 4.Take time to forgive and be forgiven.

Gary S. Metcalf, D.Min, BCC
MSHA corporate director, Spiritual & Pastoral Care

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Town of Erwin votes in favor of MSHA acquisition of UCMH

 ERWIN, Tenn. – The Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 4-0 on Monday, with one abstention, in favor of MSHA’s proposal to buy Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.
That follows on the heels of the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Board of Control’s 7-0 vote last week to approve the MSHA proposal. Next is a vote by the Unicoi County Commission on the matter, expected to come Aug. 26.

 The sale of the hospital to MSHA had already been approved twice by the UCMH Board of Control, but upon mandatory review by the state AG’s office, the sale was halted due to three concerns:

 1. The state’s Open Meetings Act was not followed by the UCMH Board of Control;

 2. Unicoi County and the Town of Erwin were not given a chance to approve the sale; and

 3. Monetary contribution promised to Erwin and to Unicoi County for health care needs had not been properly designated as such. 

 Last week’s UCMH Board of Control meeting and vote was aimed at satisfying the first concern, while the votes by the Town of Erwin and Unicoi County address the second concern. UCMH lawyers are addressing the third concern.

 The Erwin board’s vote Monday night came with alderman Robie Sullins abstaining.

 The Unicoi County Commission has one vacant spot that is expected to be filled prior to the UCMH vote.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Check it out!: CBO, MSHA leaders take one (in the face) for the team

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Corporate Billing Office (CBO) had the opportunity to have some fun while officially kicking off the United Way Team Member Campaign on Wednesday, July 24 – with some pie-throwing.

 For some photos of the pie-throwing fundraiser, click here. 

 “We decided that we not only wanted to come together to support the United Way campaign, but we wanted to give the team members the opportunity to partake in a little fun and offer an incentive as they submitted their campaign pledges,” said Genny Webb, VP of Revenue Cycle.

 What sort of fun? Genny and her team decided to offer CBO team members a chance to participate in a pie-throwing contest for those who pledged to the United Way. Based on the level of pledge, the team member got a closer shot at the intended victims, who in this instance were Revenue Cycle directors and members of the CBO management team.

 “It was a fun event, which set the tone for a great campaign that our team appreciated,” said Ed Stump, corporate director of the CBO.
Corporate HR was on hand to offer support and encourage participation. VP of HR

 Jamie Parsons participated with the Revenue Cycle directors and management teams in taking one for the team.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Here's the July issue of East TN Medical News

Click here to read the latest digital edition of East TN Medical News.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Grant's Lemonade Stand collecting donations for NsCH on Saturday, July 20

Grant Stout with his dad, Clayton, and Cookie McKinney last year at their lemonade stand. JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Grant’s Lemonade Stand will again be serving up lemonade and collecting donations for Niswonger Children’s Hospital on Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cookie McKinney’s front yard at 706 Hillrise Boulevard in The Gump Addition neighborhood.

 McKinney, manager for Children’s Initiatives with Mountain States Foundation, and her neighbor, Grant Stout, age 5, started the lemonade stand last year and collected $1,200 for the children’s hospital, donating it during the 2014 Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon in March. Grant is a former neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patient at the hospital who loves lemonade and the idea of helping sick children.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Check out June issue of East TN Medical News

Click here for the June edition of East TN Medical News.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

United Way Team Member Campaign starts July 15; please give and make a difference to those in need

Dear MSHA team members:

The 2013 United Way Campaign is gearing up, and we will kick off our team member campaign on Monday, July 15. Our Human Resources departments across MSHA have worked hard to make this a great campaign, and we're looking forward to not only having some fun, but more importantly, making a difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors. The campaign will end on July 26 and you will be receiving details on the campaign activities soon.

 Thousands of people this year will need the valuable assistance from the programs provided by our area United Ways and partner agencies. These agencies deliver the three building blocks to a better life: education, financial stability and health/safety. We all have a stake in the health of this community. Your contributions, combined with many others, make a huge difference in numerous lives. By giving to your area United Way, you meet the needs of many.

 Please consider a gift to the United Way as your part in making our community a better place to live. Your donation amount is a personal decision. A guideline for giving is one hour's pay per month or 1 percent of annual salary, but any amount is appreciated. This year any team member who donates at the Extra Mile level will also receive one day of PTO. Keep in mind that we allow you to spread your gift throughout the year with the convenient option of payroll deduction or even through PTO donations.

 For more information and daily updates you can visit the MSHA United Way SharePoint site at this link: United Way SharePoint Site.  

 I hope you will join me in supporting the 2013 United Way Campaign. There is no better way to help more people in need in our community than by giving through the United Way.

Thank you,
Dennis Vonderfecht, FACHE
MSHA President and CEO

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Don't forget to fill out Great Place to Work Survey if you were selected for it

 For those team members who were randomly selected to participate in the Great Place to Work Survey, don’t forget to fill out your online survey by July 15.

 This survey is what Fortune magazine uses to choose its 100 Best Companies to Work For. A group of 1,900 randomly selected team members have received requests in their email to fill out the survey from July 1-15.

 “We really encourage all 1,900 of those team members to be on the lookout for their survey and to fill it out,” said Debbie Dover, corporate director for Human Resources. “And while it would be great if we were selected for national recognition on the Top 100 list, the important thing about this is really hearing the voice of our team members.

 “This is an additional avenue to listen to team members and get their input on everything related to Mountain States.”

Monday, July 8, 2013

New recognition awards available through OC Tanner

 By now everyone should be familiar with the ability to recognize good work and extra effort and how to provide just a simple thank-you through the OC Tanner recognition program. In addition to sending e-cards, nominating a team member for one of three different award levels or recognizing a Team, two new awards have been added!

 Strategy Award – Designed for helping achieve a departmental or system objective or strategy by utilizing innovation, creative thinking or strategic action resulting in achieving a defined outcome.

 Adoption Heroes – Recognize someone for improving safety and quality or increasing efficiency in operations through the use and adoption of new applications and technology.

 More information on both awards can be found on the OC Tanner site (link from the Intranet). Log in and start nominating. And speaking of the OC Tanner site, start thinking about a new name for our recognition portal. Coming soon, a naming contest!

 For more information, call the HR Hotline at 423-431-HR4U (4748) or email HR4U@msha.com.

Debbie Dover, director of Human Resources

Friday, June 28, 2013

You could win big bucks for posting to the 'VP of HR Daily Blog'

 Human Resources is sponsoring a contest to increase team member engagement on the “VP of HR Daily Blog.” You could win up to $400! 

 This blog by Jamie Parsons, vice president of Human Resources, covers all kinds of useful topics about HR. Jamie answers questions and responds to comments from team members, including anonymous responses made to the Direct Line. If you’ve got a question, concern or suggestion regarding MSHA Human Resources, this is one way for your voice to be heard.

Every team member who posts a response on this blog will be eligible for a $150 gift card drawing. In addition, the team member who posts the most responses – ones that are meaningful – will be eligible for another $100 gift card drawing.

Finally, the TM who refers the most fellow team members to the blog and they post something will be eligible for another $150 gift card. If you refer a team member, make sure you tell them to include in their posting your name; otherwise we won’t have any way of knowing you made the referral. Something like: “Jamie Parsons referred me.” So you could potentially win $400 if you win all categories.

 Click here to visit the VP of HR Daily Blog.

Good luck!


Friday, June 28, 2013

TMs with 30-plus years at MSHA who've topped out in pay to get 5-percent increase

  We greatly appreciate every MSHA team member for what you do each and every day in Bringing Loving Care to Health Care. We have been made aware by one of our team members that there are 115 team members with 30 years or more of knowledge, skills and experience with MSHA who have topped out in their pay grade. With rising costs, these team members are finding it more difficult to continue their long years of service with MSHA, and we want to do something about this.

 Therefore, beginning July 1, 2013, MSHA will be implementing a program where all team members reaching 30 or more years of service who have topped out in their pay grade will receive a 5-percent increase in their base rate of pay. This will be permanent and will be added to these individuals’ paychecks the second pay period following their 30th anniversary with MSHA. For all team members who currently have 30 years of service and are topped out in their pay grade, this increase will be included in your July 12 paycheck. If you have any questions concerning this matter, you may call the HR4U hotline.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dollywood tickets available from HR at special rate; payroll deduction available

 Dollywood tickets at a special discounted rate are on sale now through MSHA Human Resources and can be paid for by payroll deduction. Stop by Corporate HR at 3135 Peoples St., Suite 303, in Johnson City, or contact your facility HR to make arrangements.

 Tickets are limited in quantity so don’t delay. Prices are $44.10 for adults, $35.90 for children (ages 4-11).

 Regular single-day ticket prices are $56 adults, $44 for children.
For more information, call HR4U at 423-431-HR4U (4748) or email to HR4U@msha.com.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Take me out to the ballgame -- for a good cause! JC Cards game July 5 benefits NsCH

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – It's a night to benefit  Niswonger Children's Hospital on Friday, July 5, at Cardinal Park, as all donations from the Johnson City Cardinals' baseball game that night will benefit pediatric oncology.

 Gates open at 6 p.m. with the first pitch at 7.

 The game is sponsored by Fresh Market and Bank of Tennessee. For free tickets – while they last – call Cookie McKinney at 431-1224. There will also be post-game fireworks.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride raises nearly $10,000 to benefit cancer patients

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Local motorcycle riders took to the mountain roads recently for a great ride and a great cause, raising nearly $10,000 during the annual Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride benefiting cancer patients.

 The event, put on by Mountain States Foundation, brought out 49 bikes and raised $9,770 to provide assistance for patients at MSHA Regional Cancer Centers through the Circle of Hope Program. It assists cancer patients with needs such as gas vouchers, prescription assistance and more.

 The ride took place June 1, starting at the Market Street Centre parking lot across from Jim’s Motorcycle Sales. It followed a 73-mile route that went to Unicoi County, over Spivey Mountain into North Carolina and along the Nolichucky River, then back over Indian Grave Gap, past Rock Creek and into the town of Unicoi before returning to Johnson City. Ride time was about two hours.

 “The weather for the ride was great with perfect temperatures and bright sunshine,” said Jeff Clinebell, senior project manager for Construction at MSHA and one of the event organizers. “The streams and waterfalls were full from the spring rainfall this year. It was a beautiful ride, and we already have thoughts and ideas about next year’s event.”

 For photos and more information about the event or about other Mountain States Foundation fundraisers, visit www.mountainstatesfoundation.org.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Franklin Woods sponsoring JC Cards' home opener; MSHA team members get in free

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. Franklin Woods Community Hospital is once again serving as title sponsor for the Johnson City Cardinals’ baseball season home opener. That means all MSHA team members plus one guest will get free admission to the game on Sunday, June 23.

Game time is 6 p.m. MSHA team members must present their ID at the gate. The Cardinals will be playing the Danville Braves.

Cumulus Broadcasting is also serving as sponsor for the event. In addition, the first 500 fans through the gate will receive a rally towel, courtesy of the Tennessee National Guard. All fans in attendance will also receive a free coupon from Subway. And because it’s Faith and Family Night, anyone who brings a church bulletin receives $1 off the normal general admission price of $4 ($3 for ages 12-under and seniors 55-up), or off reserved seats which are normally $6.

Johnson City opens its season on June 20 at the Kingsport Mets, with the home schedule opening on June 23.

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 HR4U@msha.com.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Covered Bridge 5K Run/3K Walk seeking volunteers

 ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – It’s that time – time for the Covered Bridge 5k Run/3k Walk. This year’s event is sponsored by Sycamore Shoals Hospital, CenturyLink and IPC – The Hospitalist Group. Volunteers are needed to assist with registration, at road blocks, etc.

 The date is June 22, the time is 6:30 a.m. If you are interested in helping, please let me know ASAP. We are planning a short meeting in the evening on Tuesday, June 11, to make assignments, pass out shirts, etc. Proceeds from the event benefit the SSH Foundation with money earmarked for the Chest Pain Center.

Sharon Sheppard, PHR
HR Manager, SSH
423-542-1338; SheppardSF@msha.com

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Back-to-school event in need of donations of school supplies

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – School may be out now, but it’s not too early to think about helping students when they head back to school at the end of the summer.

 The Johnson City and Washington County Coordinated School Health (CSH) programs and Niswonger Children’s Hospital will host the second annual Back 2 School Bash in August and are asking for donations of school supplies to be given out at the event.

 Back 2 School Bash is a collaborative effort led by CSH. Bags of school supplies will be offered to Johnson City and Washington County school students who attend the event, which will take place Aug. 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the MSHA Athletics Center at East Tennessee State University.

 More than 1,000 drawstring backpacks, filled with school supplies, were distributed at last year’s Back 2 School Bash. The planning committee is preparing for an even larger turnout this year and is asking for help from the community. Individuals and community groups can pitch in by purchasing school supplies and stuffing bags to donate for the event.

 The Back 2 School Bash committee is providing gallon-size zip-top plastic bags for the project. Each bag has a list of the age appropriate school supplies needed.

 For more information about how you can help with the school supply donation program for the Back 2 School Bash, contact Christy Tyree at TyreeCR@msha.com. Bags for team members will be provided and once they’re filled, they can be dropped off at the front desk at Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Deadline for submission of Rural Trauma Symposium research abstracts is July 15

 The fifth annual Rural Trauma Symposium has put out a call for research abstracts, with a July 15 submission deadline.

 Submit completed abstracts to www.etsu.edu/com/cme/RuralTraumaForm.aspx. The details of the abstract should be entered in the following pre-determined fields: Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusion.

 Original research presented at other meetings may be accepted. Preliminary data analysis is acceptable.

 The mission of the symposium, which takes place Aug. 29 at The Millennium Centre in Johnson City, Tenn., is “Bringing World Class Trauma Care to Rural America!”

 For more information, call 423-431-6635 or click here.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Check out the latest East TN Medical News, including a profile of SSH's Dwayne Taylor

This month’s digital edition of the East TN Medical News includes a profile on our own Dwayne Taylor, CEO of Sycamore Shoals Hospital, as well as other pieces of MSHA-related news.

 Click here to access the May edition and read those pieces as well as other health care-related news, profiles and feature.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Covered Bridge 5K Run, 3K Walk coming up June 22 to benefit SSH Foundation

 ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – The annual Covered Bridge 5K Run/3K Walk is coming up June 22. All funds raised from the run/walk will benefit Sycamore Shoals Hospital Foundation.

 The event is presented by IPC, The Hospitalist Group.

 Click here to visit the Mountain States Foundation’s Covered Bridge 5K event page for more information or to register.

 Race-day registration starts at 7 a.m. at the monument in downtown Elizabethton. The 5K begins at 8 and the 3K Walk starts at 8:15. Registration for either distance is $20 in advance and $25 after June 15.

 The events have new courses this year that are USATF-certified and should be fairly fast, with the same finish through the historic Covered Bridge.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Get your new HealthPlus & Pharmacy free phone app!

 HealthPlus & Pharmacy now has a new application for iPhones and Androids that gives you information on store locations and hours plus allows you to submit refill requests.

 This app lets you conveniently submit refill requests to a selected pharmacy location. A barcode scanner will allow you to scan your script number or you may enter it manually. Pharmacy locations, hours and phone numbers are also listed in the app for your reference.

 Click here to download this free app for iPhones.

 Click here to download for Androids

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Up next for Barter's MSHA Nights: 'Les Miserable' and 'Southern Fried Funeral'

 ABINDGON, Va. – Barter Theatre continues to offer MSHA Team Member Nights, offering team members up to five tickets each at $12 per ticket for selected show dates.

 Up next is the musical “Les Miserable,” with MSHA Nights on Wednesday, June 12, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m.

 Also coming up is “Southern Fried Funeral,” with discount nights offered Wednesday, June 19, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m.

 To reserve tickets at this price, team members must make reservations by visiting Barter’s box office or calling it at 276-628-3991. It is not possible to reserve at the team member price online. Reservations are based on availability.

 Here’s a review of the MSHA Team Member Night schedule for the rest of the year.

“Good Ol’ Girls” (musical) 
    • Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. 
    • Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m.

“Kiss Me Kate” (musical) 
    • Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. 
    • Thursday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m.

“Dial ‘M’ for Murder” 
    • Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. 
    • Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m.

 For show descriptions and more information, visit www.bartertheatre.com.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

EAP to give 'Parenting With a Purpose' presentation on June 19 in JC

MSHA's Employee Assistance Program will give this presentation on June 19.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Got HR questions? Check out VP of HR Blog for answers

Many times Direct Lines are anonymous in nature and we have no way to respond back to the individual. Going forward for those Direct Lines that are HR-related and fall into the “anonymous sender” category, we will start posting the question and answer on the VP of HR blog.

Check out this blog if you're interested in seeing an answer to your specific question or maybe someone else’s question. Any Direct Lines that are inappropriate such as asking about individuals or rude in nature will not be posted.

Click here to access the VP of HR Blog.

Thanks and let me know if you have any questions.

Jamie Parsons, VP/Chief Human Resources Officer

ParsonsJE@msha.com; 423-302-3251

Monday, May 27, 2013

JMH team members doing half-Ironman triathlon as fundraising event; check it out!

 ABINGDON, Va. – Three JMH emergency medicine physicians and their wives are competing in the IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh, a half-Ironman triathlon, and are using the event to raise $10,000 for the YMCA in Raleigh to host sports camps for underprivileged children so they can participate in sports programs during the summer.

 Click here if you’d like to contribute to their effort, or to learn more. 

 The team includes JMH doctors Brian Dawson, David Simmons and Eliot Cannon, physical therapist Chelsea Cannon and Dr. Mary Dawson of Magnolia Family Medicine. They’re wrapping up fundraising and will compete on Sunday, June 2, in Raleigh.

 They are competing as part of a team sponsored by Raleigh Coffee Company. The fundraising project is called Bean Project #3 and benefit programs designed to expose children to a diverse set of sports and activities, including scholarships to a multi-sport camp this summer.

 Donate and win a free bag of coffee. Call 919-606-8781 or email joe@raleighcoffeecompany.com.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hope on Wheels ride rescheduled for June 1 due to bad weather

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The fifth annual Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride, benefiting cancer patients, has been rescheduled for June 1 beginning at 11 a.m. It was originally scheduled for May 18 but was postponed due to bad weather.

 The event is put on through the Mountain States Foundation and proceeds go to the Circle of Hope fund to benefit patients at the MSHA Regional Cancer Centers.

 The registration fee for this year’s ride is $20 per person. For more information, call Tim Bullock at 423-431-7775 or email BullockT@msha.com, or visit www.mountainstatesfoundation.org.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

New TEDS help site now available on Pulse page

 A new TEDS help site is now available on the MSHA intranet’s Pulse home page.

 This site contains many step-by-step resources to help you with all of your TEDS questions/issues. Whether you’re using TEDS as a team member, manager, training coordinator or peer trainer there are many useful “how-to” guides and helpful documents to assist you related to Performance, Competencies, CBLs, etc. Check back often as new content will be added.

 You can access the TEDS Help site from the MSHA Pulse under the My MSHA section. Click here to visit.


Monday, May 6, 2013

Go Red for Women Luncheon raises awareness about women's heart disease

 KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Go Red for Women Luncheon was held on Saturday, April 13, at Meadowview Conference Resort & Convention Center, marking the 10th anniversary of the American Heart Association’s Go Red campaign in the battle against heart disease.

 For photos from the event, click here.

 MSHA is serving as the “cause” sponsor for the Go Red campaign in 2013 and 2014. Go Red for Women was what initially gave rise to the creation of the Mountain States screening center several years ago that morphed into the creation of the HeartCoach. As such, this cause is no stranger to our organization, but one that we have chosen to embrace every day.

 Although this was the campaign’s 10th year, heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, so the message continues. The Go Red luncheon wasn’t just aimed at spreading the campaign message, but it also a day of education, information, and celebration of women.

 The event included a silent auction, breakout sessions with MSHA providing screenings from the HeartCoach as well as baseline EKGs, “Healthy Cooking” demonstrations from Food City, and financial planning through Gilbert Advanced Asset Management in Kingsport. WHL’s Sara Diamond was the emcee, and the guest speaker was Miss International 2012 Sarah Bazey. The event raised awareness for the cause, which Mountain States is proud to sponsor.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

MSHA marketing department wins 8 awards

 Eight MSHA advertising projects recently were named award winners at the 30th annual Healthcare Advertising Awards sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report. MSHA received two silver, two bronze and four merit awards among 4,000 entries in the prestigious health care advertising awards competition.

 Entries are judged on creativity, quality message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design and overall impact.

 The award-winning MSHA projects included the Spirit Gala invitation, Heart Hospital Guide, JMH Community Calendar, Power of a Woman t-shirt, MSHA stationary, One Singular Sensation poster, JMH physician recruitment project and the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Back to School Bash special event.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Here's the latest issue of East TN Medical News

Here's the April digital edition of East TN Medical News, your source for professional healthcare news. Click here to read.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Tennessee Cancer Coalition Annual Summit coming up June 6-7 at MeadowView

 KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Tennessee Cancer Coalition Annual Summit will be held June 6-7 at MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center, with the theme of “Telling Our Story.”

 The Tennessee Cancer Coalition’s goal is to bring together the state cancer support communities to focus on transforming the latest knowledge into strategies that groups, institutions, businesses and individuals can implement to reduce the burden of cancer in Tennessee.

 The event will include a keynote address by five-time cancer survivor Chef Eric B. Levin, a 2011 Food Network “Chopped” champion, as well as other survivor stories. Presentations by experts will include topics like men’s health and cancer iTennessee, breast cancer imaging, skin cancer prevention, how to navigate on behalf of cancer patients and families, and patient-centered care. 

 Registration is $99 for two days, $55 for one day and $25 for cancer survivors.

 Click here to learn more about the 2013 Tennessee Cancer Coalition Annual Summit, or visit http://tncancercoalition.org.

 To register for the summit, click here.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Help a good cause: RCMC nurse's son-in-law in need of lung transplant

Here’s an email from Nannie Meadows, an LPN at Russell County Medical Center, about the dire situation her son-in-law is in. This was sent out to RCMC team members on Monday, April 22.

 Subject: Lung Transplant for Josh Foster – GoFundMe site

 Josh's GoFundMe site

 My daughter Kristy’s husband, Josh, is a good man, and he is wonderful to Kristy. He needs a lung transplant. The last year has been very hard for him and Kristy. They have to move to Duke University Medical Center for the transplant.

 With expenses and his medications, they are not able to make it. His breathing is getting more difficult each day and today (April 22) they have to go to a GI doctor to talk about a feeding tube. Josh is losing too much weight and he is getting weaker. They want him to be at 150 pounds but he only weights 100. He is a very good person, he works every day when he is able and he doesn’t like taking charity, but it has gotten to the point that he is asking for help and that God gives him and Kristy a chance with life.

 Please, with your help this can happen. I thank each and every one for all you have done for me in the past. Words can’t explain, but all of you are my family.


Susie Meadows

Click here to visit Josh's GoFundMe site and make a donation.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

MSHA offering Pet Therapy certification class starting April 30 at PetSmart in JC

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- MSHA is sponsoring a certification class for Pet Therapy training starting April 30 at 6 p.m. at Petsmart, 3211 Peoples St.

 The class will meet for six weeks, ending June 4.

 This is an advanced obedience class to prepare you and your dog for pet therapy work. All dogs need previous basic obedience before taking this class. All dogs must be a minimum of 1 year old with a sound temperament. A current vaccination record is required at the first class.

 This class is to prepare you and your dog for the therapy dog test given at the completion of six classes. The cost of the class is $109 and $15 for the test. Pre-registration is required.

 For more information, contact J. Van Cooper at 423-431-6681 (office), 423-943-7419 (cell) or CooperJV@msha.com or Fran Hutchins at PetSmart 423-282-5568.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Special Needs Resource Fair coming up April 29 at Kingsport HRC

 KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Do you know what resources and activities are available in our community for families with a special-needs child?

 Join us Monday, April 29, from 5-7 p.m. at the Health Resources Center in the Kingsport Town Center to meet representatives from agencies and support groups in the Tri-Cities area. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendance is free.

 For more information, call 423-857-7981.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Total Retirement Report reviews were a big success for TMs

 Human Resources and Lincoln Financial Group recently teamed up to meet with team members to review their Total Retirement Report and make any changes needed to improve their retirement outlook. More than 581 team members met one-on-one with a representative to review their report. The meetings resulted in 227 team members increasing their deferrals, with 91 first-time contributors.

 The Total Retirement Reports were mailed out in February to team members who had an account balance as of Dec. 31, 2012. The reports showed team members their current retirement strategy alongside a suggested strategy highlighting expected retirement income compared to retirement needs, a paycheck analysis for starting or increasing deferrals, and an investment recommendation.

 Team members who took steps to improve their chances of a successful retirement were winners over the long run, while there were also people who saw immediate results. All team members who met with a Lincoln representative were entered into a drawing for a mini iPad to be given away to one Tennessee and one Virginia team member. Trennia Dotson, a medical technologist at Norton Community Hospital, and Lori English, an MSHA general recruiter, were the winners. Congratulations to them and to everyone who participated!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Rural Trauma Symposium accepting abstracts; deadline to submit is May 15

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The fifth annual Rural Trauma Symposium sponsored by Johnson City Medical Center will take place Aug. 29 at The Millennium Centre from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and the conference is putting out a call for abstracts.

 Abstracts should be submitted by May 15. Submit your abstract here.

 For more information on the Trauma Conference, click here.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Celebrate Earth Day by walking the Green Mile on April 20

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – People can celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 20, by walking the Green Mile.

 It’s a free one-mile walk/run sponsored by Mountain States Health Alliance that will start at 10 a.m. at The Wellness Center, 200 Med Tech Parkway. It is not a timed or competitive event.

 MSHA team members who participate in the Green Mile will earn 25 Fit4Life points. There will also be giveaways for the first 250 people to arrive, and participants can register for door prizes.

 Those who attend the Green Mile are encouraged to gather up household papers that need shredding and bring them for free shredding. They’ll also be able to get information about going green at home and check out a “green” hybrid car. Those who bring their own water bottle can get it filled all day for free.

 MSHA has partnered with several organizations – including Stericycle, Stryker Sustainability Solutions, Seneca, Skanska and Staples – to assist with recycling programs, adopting green friendly purchasing practices, appropriate use of reprocessed materials, energy conservation, and sustainable construction practices. These vendors and many others will be at the Green Mile.

 The course is stroller-friendly and the event will take place rain or shine.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

It's time to Go Red For Women!; annual luncheon event set for April 13

 KINGSPORT, Tenn. – MSHA and the American Heart Association are presenting the Tri-Cities Area Go Red for Women Luncheon on Saturday, April 13, at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center.

 Go Red for Women is the AHA’s national call to increase awareness of heart disease and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health. Go Red For Women provides the knowledge and tools to empower women to make positive changes in their lives that could help reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.

 The target audience is women ages 25-up, who often make the buying and health/wellness decisions for their families and companies.

 The event begins at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $75 per person and includes lunch. Proceeds benefit the AHA.

 The schedule includes free health screenings, health stations and a silent auction from 9:30-11:30 a.m., with lunch and survivor stories from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

 For more information, click here or call 423-763-4404.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Celebrate Doctors’ Day April Fool’s Style at JCMC, FWCH!

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – On Monday, April 1, Johnson City Medical Center and Franklin Woods Community Hospital will celebrate National Doctors’ Day with a variety of activities, including free meals and live entertainment for the physicians.

 It's a day to recognize and thank the many great doctors we have for all they do to bring loving care to health care. Festivities will take place at JCMC in the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Conference Rooms 1 & 2, and at Franklin Woods in the Family Birth Center Conference Room.

 A made-to-order gourmet breakfast will be served from 6:45-10 a.m., and a Cajun-style lunch is set from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

 JCMC will honor one of this year’s Servant’s Heart Award doctors with a presentation at noon. People can meet and chat with JCMC and FWCH executives. Live entertainment is set for both facilities.

 Doctors can also enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Café Pacific restaurant, courtesy of MSHA Foundation, with one winner at each facility celebration.

Monday, March 25, 2013

MSHA TMs can see JCSO's Motown pops concert for only $10

 MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. – MSHA team members can see a unique Johnson City Symphony Orchestra performance at a great price – $10, if they reserve a ticket in advance.

 It’s the Mary B. Martin Pops Concert on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Mary B. Martin Auditorium in Seeger Memorial Chapel. The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and Spectrum will perform a “Tribute to Motown and R&B Music,” featuring styles and sounds of the greatest Motown, classic, soul and R&B groups of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Spectrum’s choreographed dance routines and vocals have entertained sell-out crowds across the country in performances with symphony orchestras and bands.

 MSHA team members can get the $10 discounted tickets by emailing to MSHAGovernance@msha.com. MSHA is a sponsor of the event. The Mary B. Martin concerts are sponsored by Jim Martin in memory of his wife.

 For more information on the concert, click here or call the JSCO at 423-926-8742.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Honor your doctor for National Doctors' Day through the Foundation's Grateful Patient program

 Would you like to honor a doctor who’s made a big difference in your life?

 In conjunction with National Doctors’ Day on March 30, Mountain States Foundation is giving people the opportunity to honor their own MSHA doctor or doctors through the Foundation’s Grateful Patient program.

 Tell the Foundation what makes that physician special and make a donation of $10 or more to the MSHA facility of your choice, and the doctors will be presented with a copy of your comments and a unique Shining Star pin to wear on their badges every day. The pin will only be worn by the physicians and health care providers who receive commendation by a Grateful Patient.

 Submit your story to www.mountainstatesfoundation.org by clicking on the Doctors’ Day button.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Next Barter Theatre TM Nights: April 2 and April 11 for 'Little Women'

ABINGDON, Va. – The next Barter Theatre MSHA Team Member Nights are for the production "Little Women," on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, April 11, at 2 p.m.

 Barter's "Les Miserables" will have Team Member Nights on Wednesday, June 12, at 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m.

 For these specified productions, team members, with identification, can buy up to five tickets at $12 apiece (which includes the $2 historic preservation fee). To reserve tickets at this price, team members must make reservations by calling Barter at 276-628-3991 or by visiting the Barter box office.

It is not possible to reserve at the team member discount price online. Reservations are based upon availability.

MSHA team members can also reserve seats for any resident company performance at a discount of $5 off the regular price.

Show descriptions are available at www.bartertheatre.com. For a list of MSHA Team Member Nights, click here

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Random drawing winner of $500 gift certificate for TM Survey was IPMC's Brenda Adkins

 The winner for the $500 random drawing for participating in the Team Member Engagement Survey is Brenda Adkins in Admitting at IPMC. Congratulations to Brenda and thanks to all for participating!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pizza fundraiser set for Thursday, March 21, in Kingsport for St. Jude

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Epsilon Sigma Alpha Delta Pi Chapter will host a benefit for St. Jude on Thursday, March 21, from 5-8 p.m. at the Pizza Hut, 4040 Fort Henry Drive.

 Pizza Hut will donate $2.50 for each adult buffet and $1.25 from each children's buffet. The all-you-can eat buffet includes pizza, pasta, salad and dessert for $10 per person and $5 per child. Price includes soft drink or iced tea.

For more information, call Pizza Hut at 423-239-9081.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Turning 65? Attend one of CrestPoint's Medicare Advantage meetings

 Are you turning 65? Learn more about Medicare eligibility, enrollment, plans and how it all works by attending any of the free public informational meetings set up this month by CrestPoint Health.

 A representative from CrestPoint, your local Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract, will be providing information for team members and the public about the Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans. Drop by at any time during these scheduled hours.

JCMC cafeteria hallway
Thursday, March 7, 1-4 p.m.
Thursday, March 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, March 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

IPMC main lobby area
Monday, March 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Monday, March 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

UCMH lobby area
Wednesday, March 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Franklin Woods cafeteria hallway
Wednesday, March 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

JCCH Mountain City / Conference Room
Thursday, March 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Woodridge cafeteria area
Monday, March 18, 2-5 p.m.

SSH cafeteria area
Friday, March 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Quillen Rehab cafeteria area
Tuesday, March 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Kingsport HRC
(First Monday of each month)
Monday, March 4, 10-11 a.m.
Monday, April 1, 10-11 a.m.
Monday, May 6, 10-11 a.m.

 For direct information or a personal appointment, contact Becky Jones at 423-952-2113.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Vote now on Facebook for MSHA's 'Great Place to Work' video

 Calling all Facebook users, we need your help!

 MSHA has entered a video in the “We Love Our Workplace” video contest as part of the Great Place to Work survey process (our survey will be in July; stay tuned for more information.) The voting for this contest will only be done on Facebook. Please click on the following link from your smartphone or from home:


 Voting ends March 29 and you can only vote once so we need everyone to help us win this national recognition.

MSHA Human Resources
423-431-HR4U (4748), HR4U@msha.com

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

TMs who use Verizon discount: Verizon may contact you for verification of employment

 MSHA team members who are getting the 22-percent employee discount offered by Verizon Wireless may be contacted by Verizon to verify eligibility. All other details of the discount plan will remain the same.

 In order to confirm eligibility, Verizon may ask team members to validate their current employment through a simple online process or via postal mail. Instructions will be provided.

 No action is required by team members unless they're contacted, and their discount will continue unchanged. Questions? Call Verizon at 800-922-0204.


Monday, March 4, 2013

March of Dimes fundraising is here; flock or get flocked!

 March of Dimes fundraising is here! Check out the different ways you can participate and help raise money for a good cause.

 Know someone who needs help decorating their locker or office door? “Flock” them. Lockers and office doors will be covered by a flock of storks!
 Lockers - $5 per day
 Office Doors - $10 per day

 Know someone who needs that special embellishment to their daily attire? Purchase the right to have anyone you wish wear the March of Dimes “Champion” Sash for one day.
 Sash Rental - $10 per day

 Been flocked? Afraid of being flocked? Don’t want to wear your sash? Purchase “Flock Insurance.” For a mere $20 donation, you will be protected from the March of Dimes Flockers.

 For information or reservations, contact Alison Cohran at 423-431-6640 or Cindy Bass at 423-431-6183.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thanks to you, MSHA Team Member Campaign a success!

 Thank you for making the FY14 Team Member Campaign a success!Thanks to your generosity, the campaign raised $202,872.

 Winners of the $5,000 facility incentives are:

  •  Smyth County Community Hospital for highest percentage of participation.
  •  Smyth County also for highest percentage increase of participation from last year.
  •  Norton Community Hospital for the facility with the highest dollar increase.

 Glenda Shake at IPMC won the iPad Mini.

 $50 Wal-Mart gift cards went to: Chandra Gilbert at JMH; Martha Brown at MSHA Corporate; and Suzanne Norwood at JCMC

 Team members who won $50 Food City gift cards: Rhonda Eller at SCCH; Stephenie Heaton at Home Health; Kelsey Melton at JMH

 Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who participated! Your generosity can truly make a difference in the lives of those in need!

Pat Holtsclaw
President, MSHA Foundation

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

MSHA offering Pet Therapy certification class at JMH starting March 11

 ABINGDON, Va. -- MSHA is sponsoring a certification class for Pet Therapy training starting March 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Johnston Memorial Hospital.

 The class will meet for six weeks, ending April 15.

 This is an advanced obedience class to prepare you and your dog for pet therapy work. All dogs need previous basic obedience before taking this class. All dogs must be a minimum of one year old with a sound temperament. A current vaccination record is required at the first class.

 This class is to prepare you and your dog for the therapy dog test given at the completion of six classes. The cost of the class is $85 and $15 for the test. There is a maximum of 8 dogs per class. Pre-registration is required.

 For more information or to register, contact J. Van Cooper at 423-431-6681 (office), 423-943-7419 (cell) or CooperJV@msha.com,or Frieda Jones at 423-878-5991.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Check out new 'Benefits Tips' feature on the Benefits page

 Understanding your benefits can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. You may have a good understanding of what you know but find there are lots of things you don’t know. 

 Now you can find “Benefit Tips” posted on the Benefits Site by clicking on “Benefits” on the left side of the MSHA Pulse page. Once you are on the Benefits page, look for the “Benefit Tips” tab located at the top right.

 Here you can find short, simple tips to help you better understand the many MSHA benefits. Feel free leave a comment or ask a question. And if you have specific questions, call HR4U Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Meet with a Lincoln rep and you might win a mini iPad!

 A retirement plan is one of the best ways to build wealth, and MSHA wants to help our team members set up the retirement strategy that’s right for them. That’s why MSHA is again sending out a personalized Total Retirement Report to all team members with a retirement account balance showing where you stand for retirement.

 The Total Retirement Report will help identify personal goals, show if you are on track, and give specific advice that can improve your chance of meeting your retirement goals. The report will be mailed to your home in February so be sure to watch for it.

 The Total Retirement Report is an easy-to-use resource for seeing if you’re on the right track for building wealth with your retirement savings. If you have a one-on-one meeting with your Lincoln Financial Group representative during this campaign (which lasts through March 31), you’ll be eligible for a drawing to win one of two mini iPads.

 Lincoln’s Mickey Byrd, Lisa Franklin and other representatives will be spending time at all our facilities, so check with your manager or supervisor about having them set up a convenient time to come to your department to provide an overview of the report for everyone and conduct personal one-on-one meetings to review your specific report with you.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

National College honors First Assist as Distinguished Community Employer


Left to right: First Assist Urgent Care practice administrator Linda Snodgrass and clinical coordinator Lisa Leslie, and National College's Sheri Jessee and Meredith Jones.


 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – First Assist Urgent Care has received recognition from the National College of Business & Technology’s Bristol campus for as a Distinguished Community Employer.

 National College representatives Meredith Jones, Bristol career center director, and Sheri Jessee, director of health care education, recently presented a plaque to First Assist practice administrator Linda Snodgrass and clinical coordinator Loretta Leslie. The award recognizes First Assist for its “exceptional support of career education.”

 Jones and Jessee praised First Assist Urgent Care for working with National College’s “externs” and hiring National College graduates. The National College offers training in a dozen health care-related careers. First Assist’s Miranda Doyle and Cynthia Nieto are among those who’ve been hired from National College.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Wellness Center wins it all at first MSHA Madness Basketball Tournament

MSHA Madness champions from The Wellness Center JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The inaugural MSHA Madness Basketball Tournament was held Feb. 1-3 at The Wellness Center, with nine teams participating, and The Wellness Center’s team was the champion.

 Matt Kuberka of The Pharmers won the 3-point shooting contest.

 The tournament raised money for Helping Hands, the Mountain States Foundation program that assists patients and families with transportation, gas vouchers, meals and costs of medication at our facilities. The tournament was open to all MSHA team members. Teams could be co-ed but it was not required.

 Games were 4-on-4, played on two side courts. Wellness Center defeated Famous Bayside Legends by 10 points in the final.

 Other participating teams were the Red Dragons, Franklin Woods, The Pharmers, Transporters, Guardians of the Galaxy, and two teams from Norton Community Hospital – NCH Ballers and NCH Lady Ballers.

 Tournament director Aaron Woodacre said the tournament was a big success and will be held again next year. The Wellness Center is also planning to host a team member volleyball tournament, he said.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Please support radiothon sponsors this month: Roadrunner and new addition Sweet Frog Yogurt

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon has added another business sponsor – Sweet Frog Yogurt.

 Johnson City Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt, 3101 W. Market St. near FATZ, made an initial donation and will also offer two promotions to benefit Niswonger Children’s Hospital:
  • From now until the radiothon – set for March 3-5 – they’ll be offering customers a Bear sticker if they add an extra $1 to their purchase, to go to the children’s hospital.
  • Kids’ Afternoon at Sweet Frog will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, when 20 percent of the store profits for the whole day will go to the children’s hospital. Scrubs the Bear, Niswonger’s mascot, and Cookie, the Sweet Frog mascot, will be there from 2-4 p.m.

 There are also corporate sponsor fundraising promotions going on at Roadrunner Markets, which will donate a percentage of every cup of coffee this month at its 82 stores; and Food City Kids Club will offer a donation from sales of select Food City items from Feb. 17-March 2.

 For more information on the radiothon, click here.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Youth auditions for '{One} Singular' Broadway event start on Feb. 4

 GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – The first youth audition for “{One} Singular Sensational Evening {AGAIN}” is set for Monday, Feb. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at Tusculum College’s Annie Hogan Byrd Theatre.

 Auditions are also scheduled for Feb. 18 at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and Feb. 25 at Barter Theatre Stage II in Abingdon, Va.

 The “{One} Singular Sensational Evening {AGAIN}” event is presented by Mountain States Foundation and sponsored by Consumer Credit Union, and benefits Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

 Five finalists, including one featured soloist, will be invited to perform with four professional Broadway stars in an evening of entertainment at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on April 13. A number of extras will also be chosen from among the auditioning performers.

 For this year’s auditions, children ages 7 to 17 are required to prepare a Broadway song, a country song or a classical song of their choosing. Each vocalist will have a 1-minute performance time. A CD player and a piano will be available at each audition, but vocalists will need to bring their own accompanists if desired.

 For more information, call Cookie McKinney at 423-431-1224.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Join us in kicking off Heart Month starting Feb. 1

 MSHA Cardiovascular Services has teamed up with the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease. Friday, Feb. 1, is National Wear Red Day in honor of the Go Red for Women campaign. Show your support this Friday by wearing red.

 Did you know: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer? But only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.

 Help us take the lead in fighting this disease! Awareness is the key:
 • Know the risk factors: High cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure
 • Know the signs of a heart attack or stroke

 Know heart-healthy behaviors such as being active, your body mass index, healthy eating, and avoiding tobacco. Want to learn more? Stop by the information table located outside of the cafeteria at JCMC, IPMC and JMH on Friday, Feb. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 *Red dress pins will be available for a $5 donation. Donations go towards the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign which advocates for more research towards women’s heart health.

 Look for more events related to heart health to come later this month.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Next KEAS Challenge starts Feb. 4

 MSHA’s second KEAS Healthy Difference Challenge begins Feb. 4. Take advantage of this web-based/mobile wellness game/program that motivates you to get healthy through a little friendly competition.

 Remember, the top three teams win monetary prizes – $100 per team member for all three teams.

 There are also raffles to win money. For the Team Milestone Raffle, all teams that reach a 5,000-point milestone will be entered into an end-of-challenge raffle. One team will be selected to win $150 per team member.

 In the Weekly Raffle, one team will be selected each week, beginning in Week 1of the Challenge, to win $40 per team member. The team must have a minimum of four people and each team member must have earned at least one point during that week to be eligible.

 But the biggest reward is that you start getting healthier! For more information or to enter, click here

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Confidentiality assured for team members on TM Engagement Survey

 Thank you to all our team members who have taken this year’s Team Member Engagement Survey. If you have not taken the survey yet, you have until Feb. 4 to complete it.

 A link can be found on the MSHA intranet home page, Pulse.

  As in years past we have heard that some of you are hesitant to take the survey due to the fact you might feel MSHA will know your results. I can assure you MSHA has no way of knowing who took or did not take the survey, as it is administered by a third party. In addition, no department receives any results if fewer than five team members in that department took the survey. Those results roll up to the next reporting level to help protect the confidentiality of those team members who took the survey. 

 However if you do have that concern, you can skip the demographics piece and still enter your information. This should help team members feel more comfortable about completing the survey. The survey is only done every two years and we appreciate your input to help us make improvements for our workforce.


Jamie Parsons, VP for Human Resources

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New Horizons Cardiovascular Congress conference set for Jan. 25 at Millennium Centre

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Mountain States Cardiovascular Health and ETSU will host the New Horizons Cardiovascular Congress on Jan. 25 at The Millenium Centre. CME and CEU is offered through ETSU.

 The conference is designed to provide an update in the diagnosis and evidence-based management of cardiovascular disease for primary care and emergency medicine providers. Emphasis will be placed on building primary-based skills and recognizing when to treat and when to refer.

 The target audience is PCPs, APNs and PAs, pediatricians, pharmacists, emergency medicine physicians, cardiologists, nurses, public and allied health professionals, medical and nursing students and cadriology administrative professionals.

 Dr. Shobha Hiremagalur is the activity director. Registration fees are $175 for physicians, $135 for non-physicians and $50 for residents and medical students. For more information, visit www.etsu.edu/cme or call 423-439-8027.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Pet therapy class to be offered at JMH starting Jan. 21

 MSHA is sponsoring a certification class for pet therapy training starting Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Johnston Memorial Hospital. The classes will meet weekly for six weeks, ending Feb. 28.

 This is an advanced obedience class to prepare you and your dog for pet therapy work. All dogs need previous basic obedience before taking this class. All dogs must be a minimum of 1 year old with a sound temperament. A current vaccination record is required at the first class. This class is to prepare you and your dog for the therapy dog test given at the completion of six classes. The cost of the class is $85 and $15 for the test. There is a maximum of eight dogs per class. Preregistration is required.

 Pet therapy is a service of MSHA’s Patient-Centered Care Department. Come and experience the benefits of becoming a pet therapy volunteer at MSHA, where “Paws Enrich Together” (PET).

 For more information or to register, contact J. Van Cooper at 423-431-6681 or 423-943-7419, or CooperJV@msha.com, or call Frieda Jones at 423-878-5991.

Friday, January 18, 2013

MSHA Research Conference now accepting abstracts; deadline is Feb. 15

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The eighth annual MSHA Research Conference will take place June 11 and is accepting abstracts to be presented at the conference. Deadline for submitting abstracts is Feb. 15.

 The conference will consider research project abstracts for oral and poster presentations. This is a perfect opportunity to show off a student project or showcase an innovative idea from your organization.
All disciplines are invited. This is a good opportunity to practice presentation skills and build your resumé.

 The conference will take place on June 11 at Stanton-Gerber Hall at the James H. Quillen School of Medicine, located on the Veterans Administration campus.

 Send abstracts to Georgita Washington, clinical nurse specialist in MSHA Organizational Development, at Washington GT@msha.com no later than Feb. 15. Abstracts will be accepted only by e-mail and must be in the following format:

 • 1-page maximum, 1-inch margins, Microsoft Word format with 12-point font

 • Title, objectives & description in either paragraph or outline format

 • Biographic information including: Presenter’s name(s), credentials, place of employment and position, as well as contact information

 • Please indicate whether you prefer an oral or poster presentation or have no preference

 Space is limited. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by March 15. Presenters must register for the conference. For more information, email Georgita or call her at 423-431-6526.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Thursday, Jan. 17, is MSHA Friends & Family Night at Earth Fare

 Thursday, Jan. 17, from 4-8 p.m. is MSHA Friends & Family Night at Earth Fare in Johnson City.

 MSHA team members can purchase a $5 meal that allows up to six kids to eat free. Earth Fare will donate $1 per $5 meal purchase to Mountain States Foundation. Remember to bring your MSHA ID badge.

 The meal is homestyle meatloaf with mashed potatoes, peas and a roll.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Elliott Moore elected chair of state hospital association

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Elliott Moore, vice president of community and government relations for MSHA, has been elected chair of the Tennessee Public and Teaching Hospital Association (TnPATH) as of Jan. 1. The association is composed of representatives of Tennessee’s six non-profit teaching hospitals and provides a platform for members to address issues that uniquely affect public and teaching hospitals.

 Moore’s role as chairman will be critical as the major teaching hospitals address the challenges and opportunities resulting from implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Other issues addressed by TnPATH include adequate funding for specialized services for Medicaid- and Medicare-eligible patients, provision of high quality education for Tennessee’s future physicians and other health care providers and support of initiatives and ongoing public education to improve the health status of Tennesseeans. TnPATH routinely provides information to policymakers on regulatory, legislative, financial and other matters of concern to public hospitals.

 Moore brings to the position more than 20 years of experience in government relations with an emphasis in health care, mental health and family policy. She currently serves on the board of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women and the Tennessee Hospital Association’s Legislative Affairs Council. She is the past president and CEO of Hospital Alliance of Tennessee, a state-wide advocacy organization for Tennessee’s not-for-profit hospitals.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Get ready; W2 season is almost here

 It’s W2 time!

 Maybe it’s not exactly W2 time, but it is time to start preparing for them. You can help us ensure you get an accurate, timely W2 by logging onto the HR/PR Service Center and taking a few minutes to do the following:

 1. Verify your social security number. Making sure we have the correct social security number ensures your wages are reported accurately.

 2. Verify your address. Making sure we have an accurate address ensures you get important information timely. ALL ADDRESSES CHANGED AFTER JAN. 7 NEED TO BE REPORTED TO PAYROLL.

 3. Review your tax withholding. You may update your tax withholding via the HR/PR Service Center at any time.

 4. Authorize EW2s. Authorizing your EW2 is a simple way to ensure you get your W2 as quickly as possible.

 For a list of frequently asked questions about EW2s, click here.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Note change in Social Security rates for Jan. 4 paycheck

 The Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 reduced the Social Security payroll tax rate by 2 percent on the portion of the tax paid by the employee through the end of February 2012. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 extended the reduction through the end of 2012. Under current law, this temporary reduction expired Dec. 31, 2012.

 Please be aware the Social Security rate rose from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent and will reflect on your check dated Jan. 4, 2013. The Federal Withholding tables have not changed yet, but may change sometime in the near future. We will try to update team members as the changes occur. If you have questions on how your current check will be taxed, please access the HR & Payroll Service Center, click on Pay and Payment Modeling. This will allow you to calculate your current taxes.

Kristie Bradburn
MSHA payroll manager
Office 423-431-6795; fax 423-431-5151; bradburnkl@msha.com

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