2015 Briefs Archive

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Marsh Blood has upcoming drives scheduled

Thursday, Dec. 24 

No drives

Kingsport/Bristol Centers open 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Friday, Dec. 25

CLOSED

 

Saturday, Dec. 26

7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Julia Davis Collection Center, 111 W. Stone Dr., Kingsport, TN

 

Monday, Dec. 28

9 a.m.-noon, Wexford House, 2421 John B. Dennis, Kingsport

1-4 p.m., Toyota Kingsport, 2525 E. Stone Drive, Kingsport

 

Tuesday, Dec. 29 

9-11:30 a.m., Church Hill Healthcare, 701 Main St., Church Hill

1-3 p.m., Signature Healthcare, 109 HWY 70, Rogersville, TN

1-6 p.m., Russell Co. Government Center, 141 Highland Drive, Lebanon, VA

 

Wednesday, Dec. 30

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Heritage Hall Clintwood, 1225 Main Street, Clintwood, VA

1-5 p.m., Wellmont Urgent Care, 844 Overlook Dr, Lebanon, VA

5-10 p.m., New Life Baptist Church, 1000 Hendrickson LN, Bluff City, TN

 

Thursday, Dec. 31 

No Drives

Kingsport/Bristol Centers open, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016

CLOSED

 

Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016

7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Julia Davis Collection Center, 111 W. Stone Dr., Kingsport, TN

 

 


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Clinical staff: New link set up on Doctor's Bag for verifying provider privileges

 Good news for clinical staff who go into Doctor’s Bag (on the Pulse page) to validate whether a provider has privileges for a particular procedure at a Mountain States facility: Things just got simpler and better for you! Click here to go to Doctor’s Bag (found on the Pulse page under “Tools & Resources”) to access the new link. You can also view a step-by-step guide to the new process.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Blood Assurance drives for Dec. 14-18

 The Blood Assurance Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the following locations:

 

Monday, Dec. 14

    •    8:15-10:15 a.m., Hillview Health Center, Elizabethton, Tenn.
    •    Noon-5 p.m., Lowe’s Home Improvement, Elizabethton
    •    11 a.m.-4 p.m., Heartwood, Abingdon, Va.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 15

    •    11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CrestPoint Health/MSHA Home Health, Johnson City
    •    2-4:30 p.m., Food City Distribution Center, Abingdon

 

Wednesday, Dec. 16

    •    10 a.m.-3 p.m., Blue Ridge Home Health Care, Galax, Va.
    •    9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City

 

Thursday, Dec. 17

    •    9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Valley Health Care, Chilhowie, Va.
    •    9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., MSHA CBO Office, Johnson City

 

Friday, Dec. 18

    •    10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Word of Victory Fellowship, Lebanon, Va.
    •    Noon-5 p.m., Advance America, 509 N. State of Franklin, Johnson City

 

 Donors are also welcome at Blood Assurance Donor Centers:

  • 160 Johnston Memorial Drive, Medical Suite 110, Abingdon, Va.
  • 1 Linden Square Drive, Bristol, Va.
  • 1 Professional Park Drive, Suite 14, Johnson City, Tenn.
  • 3 Clinchfield St., Kingsport, Tenn.

 Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary gift and snacks. Donors should eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids -avoiding caffeine- prior to giving blood. 

 To schedule a blood drive at a local business, school, church or civic/community organization, please contact:

 In Tennessee, Mike Patterson, 423-298-4335, MikePatterson@bloodassurance.org

 In Virginia, Whit Morison, 276-525-4273, WhitMorison@bloodassurance.org


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Marsh Blood drives for Dec. 14-19

Monday, Dec. 14

  •  8 a.m.-3 p.m., Jacobs Creek Job Corp, 984 Denton Valley Road, Bristol, Tenn.
  •  8:30am-11:30am, Clinch River Corp, 521 Claypool Hill Mall Road, Cedar Bluff, Va.
  •  1-4 p.m., Clinch Valley Physicians Associates, One Clinic Drive, Cedar Bluff, Va.
  •  1-6 p.m., Tempur Pedic, Tempur Pedic Drive, Suite 102, Duffield, Va.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 15

  •  7:30-3:15 p.m., Eastman Chemical Company, Bldg. 147, Credit Union, Kingsport, Tenn.
  •  8 a.m.-2 p.m., Volunteer High School, Church Hill, Tenn.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 16

  •  9 a.m.-4 p.m., Buchanan General Hospital, 1535 Slate Creek Road, Grundy, Va.
  •  10 a.m.-4 p.m., Red Onion State Prison, 10800 Virginia 361, Pound, Va.
  •  2-7 p.m., St. Anne Catholic Church, 350 Euclid Avenue, Bristol, Va.

 

Thursday, Dec. 17

  •  8 a.m.-1 p.m., Universal Fibers, 14401 Industrial Park Rd., Bristol, Va.
  •  Noon-7:30 p.m., Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport
  •  Noon-6 p.m., Sycamore Shoals Hospital, 1501 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, Tenn.

 

Friday, Dec. 18

  •  7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, TN
  •  1-6 p.m., Richlands Masonic Lodge, 100 Henderson Street, Richlands, Va.

 

Saturday Dec. 19

  •  8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Julia Davis Collection Center, 111 W. Stone Dr., Kingsport
  •  Noon-4 p.m., Pinnacle 12 Marquee Cinemas, 680 Pinnacle Parkway, Bristol, Tenn.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Bone marrow registry drive this week at JMH; you might be a match for Destiny, the daughter of one of our team members, or for someone else who needs a match

ABINGDON, Va. – Could you be “the match” that thousands of bone marrow patients are waiting on – maybe even a match for Destiny Miller, the 14-year-old daughter of one of our Mountain States team members?

Destiny Miller has aplastic anemia, a rare form of blood cancer, and is in need of a marrow transplant.Johnston Memorial Hospital is holding a bone marrow registry drive, sponsored by Blood Assurance, on Tuesday, Dec. 8, and Thursday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. in the JMH lobby next to the cafeteria. Eligible donors should be between 18 and 44 years old.

People can sign the “Be the Match” registry to be registered on the national database and potentially provide a cure for someone waiting for a bone marrow match – like Destiny.

She is an 8th-grade student at Wallace Middle School in Bristol and is the daughter of Chandra Gilbert, nurse at MSMG Dermatology – Abingdon. Destiny loves music, arts and crafts, and riding her horse. She was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare form of blood cancer, and is in need of a marrow transplant.

For more information, call Melissa Whited at 476-701-2032 or Rhonda Moore at 423-827-7167. You can also visit www.bloodassurance.org/marrowpatients.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Mountain States HR offering discounted Johnson City Transit bus passes for $15

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Mountain States has a new benefit to offer team members who live in Johnson City and ride the JC Transit – a monthly bus pass for $15, discounted from the normal $25 cost.

 Mountain States has worked out an arrangement to purchase the bus passes from JCT at the discounted rate and pass the savings along to team members. The passes will be sold by Human Resources, much like the discounted Dollywood or movie tickets that HR offers. The cost can be payroll-deducted.

 Any team members interested in getting a discounted pass should contact Rachel Bradley at 423-302-3252.

 


Thursday, December 3, 2015

HospiTOTS again offering ‘Parents’ Time-Out’ on Thursday, Dec. 17

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Parents, are you feeling out of sorts, grumpy or a little frazzled? Maybe you need a time-out!

 The staff of HospiTOTS and The Children’s Center are offering you the chance to leave your child/children (at no charge) with them and take a couple of hours to go shopping or out to eat, or whatever you need to do.  The date is Thursday, Dec. 17, from 6:30-9 p.m.

 Parents’ Time-Out is available for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age at HospiTOTS, and children ages 6 weeks to 5 years at The Children’s Center. Fun activities and a snack will be provided. This is available for all team members’ children, regardless of whether they currently attend HospiTOTS or the Children’s Center!

 To make a reservation for your child/children, call Laurie at HospiTOTS (423-431-6971) or Ashleigh Stocton at The Children’s Center (423-542-4310). The deadline for making reservations is 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Blood Assurance blood drives coming up in the region

 Blood Assurance Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the following locations:

  • Monday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., YMCA, Bristol, Tenn.
  • Monday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tri-Cities Nissan, Johnson City, Tenn.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Marion Correctional Treatment Center, Marion, Va.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Johnson County Community Hospital, Mountain City, Tenn.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Twin County Regional Hospital, Galax, Va.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9, 7 a.m.-noon, Niswonger Children’s Hospital, Johnson City
  • Thursday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Food City, Marion
  • Thursday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Marion Mold & Tool, Marion
  • Thursday, Dec. 10, 7 a.m.-11 a.m., Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Johnson City
  • Friday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Lowe’s, Abingdon, Va.
  • Friday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., MSHA Corporate Headquarters, Johnson City

 Donors also welcome at Blood Assurance Donor Centers:

  • 16000 Johnston Memorial Drive, Medical Suite 110, Abingdon
  • 100 Linden Square Dr., Bristol, Va.
  • 1 Professional Park Drive, Suite 14, Johnson City
  • 300 Clinchfield St., Kingsport, Tenn.

 Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary gift and snacks. Donors should eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids -avoiding caffeine- prior to giving blood. 

 To schedule a blood drive at a local business, school, church or civic/community organization, please contact:

 In Tennessee, Mike Patterson, 423-298-4335, MikePatterson@bloodassurance.org

 In Virginia, Whit Morison, 276-525-4273, WhitMorison@bloodassurance.org


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Support our troops! Mountain States, Domtar partnering to send items to recently deployed National Guard troops

You can support our troops by donating in the drive to collect personal items for members of the Virginia National Guard recently deployed overseas. Indian Path Medical Center, Johnston Memorial and Norton Community Hospital are leading the drive, with drop-off points at all three hospitals.

 Anyone who donates will be entered into a drawing for a Carrabba's gift card. You must notify HR to be in the drawing.




Monday, November 2, 2015

Nov. 1-7 is National Medical Staff Service Professional Week

 How do you know when you seek medical care that the practitioners you see are properly educated, licensed and training in their specialty?

 You can be confident that you are seeing licensed, educated practitioners because of the team members in Medical Staff Services Department.

 During Medical Staff Services Awareness Week, we recognize medical services professionals-important members of our healthcare team who are dedicated to thoroughly investigating and verifying the credentials of healthcare practitioners.  These team members also have expertise in areas such as medical staff organization, accreditation, regulatory compliance and provider relations.

What do medical staff professionals do?

  • Credentialing and re-credentialing of all physicians and allied health practitioners
  • Maintaining numerous physician information data banks, including education training, experience, and licensure    
  • Reviewing and implementing various federal rulings and accrediting body standards pertaining to the functions of the medical and/or provider staff
  • Establishing systems to facilitate meetings and communication between physicians, both within and outside their specialties, as well as with a hospital’s administration
  • Developing, establishing, and enforcing of medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, and policies that govern the activities of the medical staff

 So don’t forget to send a quick email message or stop by and say hello to your medical staff services professionals!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Here are our upcoming Marsh Blood Drive events

Monday, Nov. 2

 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Eastside High School, 217 School House Hill, Coeburn, Va.

 1-4 p.m. – Friendship Ford, 1855 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, Tenn.

 3-7 p.m. – Mayfair United Methodist Church, 1409 E. Center St., Kingsport, Tenn.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 3

 7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. – Eastman Building 359-A, Jared Drive, Kingsport

 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – King University, 1350 King College Road, Bristol, Tenn.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 4

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – UVa-Wise, 1 College Ave., Cantrell Hall, Wise, Va.

 3-7 p.m. – First Broad Street United Methodist, Church Circle, Kingsport, Tenn.

 

Thursday, Nov. 5

 1-4 p.m. – Holliston Mills, 905 Holliston Mills Road, Church Hill, Tenn.

 1-4 p.m. – Hutchinson Sealing, 309 Press Road, Church Hill, Tenn.

 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Twin Springs High School, 273 Titan Lane, Nickelsville, Va.

 1-6 p.m. – Food City, 207 Woodland Drive, Wise, Va.

 

Friday, Nov. 6

 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. – Sullivan North High School, 2533 John B. Dennis Highway, Kingsport, Tenn.

 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Grundy High School, 1300 Golden Wave Drive, Gundy, Va.

 

Saturday, Nov. 7

 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Julia Davis Collection Center, 111 W. Stone Drive, Kingsport, Tenn.

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Academy Sports, 925 Hamilton Place, Johnson City, Tenn.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Here are the upcoming Blood Assurance blood drives in our area

 Blood Assurance Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the following locations:

  • Monday, November 2, 11:00a-6:00p, A.O.Smith/American Water Heaters, Johnson City, TN
  • Monday, November 2, 9:00a-3:00p, Hapco, Abingdon, VA
  • Tuesday, November 3, 11:00a-4:00p, Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, VA
  • Tuesday, November 3, 1:00p-6:00p, Niswonger Children’s Hospital, Johnson City,TN
  • Wednesday, November 4, 1:30p-3:30p, MSHA Accounting & Payroll, Johnson City, TN
  • Wednesday, November 4, 3:30p-7:30p, Chilhowie Christian Church, Chilhowie, VA
  • Wednesday, November 4, 5:30p-9:00p, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Johnson City, TN
  • Thursday, November 5, 9:30a-11:00a, Center on Aging & Health, Erwin, TN
  • Thursday, November 5, 12:45p-4:45p, Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, Erwin, TN
  • Friday, November 6, 11:00a-4:00p, Walmart, W. Market Street, Johnson City, TN
  • Friday, November 6, 10:00a-3:00p, Washington County Animal Shelter, Abingdon, VA

 Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary gift and snacks. Donors should eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids -avoiding caffeine- prior to giving blood. 

 To schedule a blood drive at a local business, school, church or civic/community organization, please contact:

 In Tennessee, Mike Patterson, 423-298-4335, MikePatterson@bloodassurance.org

 In Virginia, Whit Morison, 276-525-4273, WhitMorison@bloodassurance.org


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pediatric Echocardiography Conference coming up Nov. 7 at Niswonger

Pediatric Echocardiography Conference

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

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

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

Learning Objectives

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

Click here to learn more: http://www.etsu.edu/com/cme/MSHAPediatricEchocardiographyConference2015.aspx

Click here to register: https://cmetracker.net/ETSUCME/Login?FormName=RegLoginLive&Eventid=119923

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

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

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


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Accounts Payable Recognition Week: Thanks to our team for 250,000 invoices, 82,000 checks, and more

 The Accounts Payable staff collectively processed more than 250,000 invoices and cut over 82,000 checks last fiscal year. The staff processes payments for every product, service or reimbursement required at Mountain States, which means that they touch every team member's work life every day.

 Congratulations to the team for all it does for us: Robin Cansler, Betty Casey, Robin Coggins, Harold Greene, Roy Isenberg, Michelle Jensen, Tammy Largent, Wanda Randolph, Rebecca Simcox, Stacey Staten, Tammy Treadway, Janet Walker, Doris Yacks

 


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Dr. Kyle Colvett to give HRC presentation Oct. 19 on breast cancer treatments

The Health Resources Center will host a presentation for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month byDr. Kyle Colvett on Oct. 19 at the Johnson City HRC location.


Monday, October 12, 2015

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

To register for education hours, contact Kim Walters at walterskb@msha.com for coupon code, then follow this link:  

 

 

 


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Here are the upcoming Marsh blood drives in our area

Monday 9/28 

 7:30am-2pm, David Crockett High School, 684 Old State Route 34, Jonesborough

 

 

Tuesday 9/29 

 7:30am-3:15pm, Eastman Building 150, Kingsport

 

 10:am-2:30pm, Keen Mountain Correction Center, Kennel Gap Rd, Oakwood, VA

 

 

Wednesday 9/30 

 6am-noon, Bristol Compressors, 15185 Industrial Park Rd, Bristol, VA

 

 Noon-5 p.m., Mountain Home VA, Johnson City, TN

 

 1-6 p.m., Jacobs Engineering, 1780 Jared Drive Kingsport, TN

 

Thursday 10/01 

 8am-12:45pm, Centurylink, 112 Sixth Street, Bristol, TN

 1-6 pm, Food City, 207 Woodland Drive, Wise, VA

 

 4-7:30pm, Cold Springs Presbyterian, 280 Cold Springs Church Rd, Bristol, TN

 

Friday 10/02 

 8am-noon, Strongwell, 400 Commonwealth Ave, Bristol, VA

 

 8-11am, Honda of Kingsport, 2217 E. Stone Drive, Kingsport, TN

 

Saturday 10/03

 8:30am-12:30pm, Julia Davis Collection Center, 111 W. Stone Drive, Kingsport, TN


Thursday, October 1, 2015

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


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Using Policy Manager is about to get easier! New look and features start Oct. 5

Good news for any team members who use Policy Manager: There’s a whole new look coming in October, with added features that make it easier to use!

 Policy Manager is the place on our intranet where team members go to access, create, maintain and communicate policies and procedures. Understanding our policies and procedures, and keeping them up-to-date, is crucial for Mountain States’ operations.

 The go-live date for the new version of Policy Manager is Monday, Oct. 5. After that, team members will be able to take a video tour showing more detailed information.

 Where and how we access Policy Manager won’t change. Team members will still go to the Pulse page at the top left under “My MSHA” and click on “Policies & Procedures.” General/anonymous users will not require a user name/password to access documents posted there.

 You can learn more about the “new” Policy Manager by completing the CBL on TEDS titled “Policy Manager 6 Overview.” This CBL is not mandatory; however, it is highly recommended that team members complete it prior to the go-live date; completion of this CBL will be reflected in your TEDS transcript. The “Policy Manager 6 Overview” information is also accessible on the KNOW Network.

 Additional education will be given to designated team members who work with specific features/functions available on the new version of Policy Manager.

 Some of the exciting new features that will be available with the upgraded version of Policy Manager include:

  • iAttest feature that will allow team members to read policies/procedures posted on Policy Manager and verify (attest) to reading it by providing their name and employee number
  • Electronic signature for team members who are required to sign policies/procedures/plans
  • Project feature which will allow designated team members to work “inside the software” to revise/update policies/procedures using Word (track changes preferably)
  • All documents will be posted in PDF format, providing a professional, consistent appearance.
  • Watermark will be present on documents printed from Policy Manager, stating the document is “uncontrolled when printed.”

 For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Myra Jones (423-302-3332) or Pam Queen (423-302-3333) via email or office phone number.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Message from Alan Levine: Mountain States to launch 'Live SugarFreed' campaign to help promote healthy choices in what we drink

Dear Colleague:

 One of the key things we strive to do as a health care organization is to help educate our communities how individuals can take ownership of their own health – through better choices and activities that reduce the risk of disease. 

Alan Levine I’m proud that, tomorrow, Mountain States Health Alliance will join with A Healthy America (as part of The Public Good Projects) to help launch a local initiative/campaign, called “Live Sugarfreed.” The campaign is designed to be a provocative way to help people learn about alternatives to drinking sweet drinks – alternatives which lead to lower incidence of obesity, diabetes, dental disease, and other negative health effects. 

 Rates of obesity and diabetes are rising nationally, and here in our region, we see some of the nation’s highest rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. For example, in Tennessee in 2013, 69 percent of adults were obese or overweight, and 12 percent had physician-diagnosed diabetes.  Behind these numbers are the lives of real people and their families who are impacted by the prevalence of preventable disease. 

 While we are joining A Healthy America for this announcement, we also respect the rights of individuals to make choices for themselves.  We think people will make better choices when they are educated.  But we also don’t want to impose our views onto people who simply WANT to choose differently.  So, while we have been encouraged to ban sweet drinks from our vending machines and fountains, we are, instead, focusing on simply educating our team members and visitors on the options available which are healthier.

 In support of the Live SugarFreed campaign and so we can help set an example for other businesses and organizations in our community, Mountain States has joined as a bronze-level sponsor, meaning that we will work with our leadership to achieve the following:

  • Provide drinking water at all meetings, conferences and parties where food and beverages are served;
  • Post information about the benefits of water in highly-trafficked areas such as break rooms and cafeterias;
  • Require that water be stocked in at least 2 slots per vending machine, or supply free water next to vending machines; and
  • Require that all beverage fountains include low-calorie beverage options.

 Choosing water instead of sugary drinks is one of the easiest ways to improve your health. Cutting out just one 140-calorie soda per day amounts to more than 51,000 calories removed from your diet each year. That’s enough to lose more than 10 pounds! For more info and tips on how to make healthy drink choices, visit the CDC’s Rethink Your Drink website: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/drinks.html

 Also, to learn more about The Public Good Projects’ “A Healthy America”, please feel free to go to this link:   http://www.publicgoodprojects.org/our-health/

 So raise a glass of water and drink to your health today, and be proud that you’re setting a great example for our patients, our families, and our community!

Sincerely,

Alan


Monday, September 21, 2015

Manufacturer's recall issued on certain models of old surge protector power strips; some may still be in use across Mountain States

 There may be some surge protection devices being used across Mountain States that are part of a manufacturer’s recall.  Any team members who are using the affected devices – from APC by Schneider Electric surge protection power strips manufactured before 2003 that that are part of the 7 Series or 8 Series – are advised to stop using the devices and follow safety recall instructions. Click here to see important safety recall information. http://recall.apc.com/en

 The chance of a problem with these devices is extremely slight, but as a precaution, users of the affected surge protectors are asked to stop using them immediately.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Here are upcoming Blood Assurance blood drives in our area

 Blood Assurance Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the following locations:

  • Monday, Sept. 28, 11a-4p, Food City, Gray, TN
  • Monday, Sept. 28, 8:30a-10:30p, Penn Stuart, Abingdon, VA
  • Monday, Sept. 28, noon-4p, Grace Health Care, Abingdon, VA
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29, 9a-11a, Food City, Marion, VA
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1p-4p, Marion Mold & Tool, Marion, VA
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29, 11a-4p, CrestPoint Health, Johnson City, TN
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30, noon-5p, Mountain City Care & Rehabilitation Center, Mountain City, TN
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30, 3:30p-7:30p, Woodland Hills Christian Church, Abingdon, VA
  • Thursday, Oct. 1, 10a-4p, Southwestern VA Mental Health Institute, Marion, VA
  • Thursday, Oct. 1, 10p-3p, Tennessee College of Applied Technologies, Elizabethton, TN
  • Friday, Oct. 2, 11a-4p, Food City, Blountville, TN
  • Monday, Oct. 5, 2p-7p, Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital, Johnson City, TN
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 11a-4p, Johnson County Community Hospital, Mountain City, TN
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6a-10a, Universal Fibers, Bristol, VA
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, noon-4p, Highlands Union Bank, Abingdon, VA
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 11a-1:15p, Appalachian Christian Village-Sherwood Campus, Johnson City, TN
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 3p-7p, First Christian Church, Johnson City, TN
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 3p-6p, Universal Fibers, Bristol, VA
  • Thursday, Oct. 8, noon-5p, Rugby Rescue Squad, Mouth of Wilson, VA
  • Thursday, Oct. 8, 1p-6p, Norris Health and Rehabilitation, Andersonville, TN
  • Friday, Oct. 9, 11a-4p, Petro, Glade Spring, VA
  • Friday, Oct. 9, 11a-4p, Lowe’s, Johnson City, TN

 All blood types are needed. Donors with O-negative blood type are especially encouraged to donate as O-negative is the universal blood type, given to patients in an emergency situation when their own blood type is unknown.

 Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary snack and t-shirt. Donors should eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids -avoiding caffeine- prior to giving blood. 

 To schedule a blood drive at a local business, school, church or civic/community organization, please contact:

 In Tennessee, Mike Patterson, 423-298-4335, MikePatterson@bloodassurance.org

 In Virginia, Whit Morison, 276-525-4273, WhitMorison@bloodassurance.org


Monday, August 31, 2015

Marsh blood drives coming up in our area

Here's the upcoming schedule of Marsh blood drives in our area:

Monday 8/31 

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Eastside High School

Coeburn, VA 24230

 

 

4:30-7:30 p.m.

Hunter Wright Stadium

Kingsport, TN

 

 

Tuesday 9/1 

8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Hampton High School

Hampton, TN

 

 

Noon-5 p.m.

VFP Concrete

4954 Industrial Drive, Duffield, VA

 

 

Wednesday 9/2 

8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Central High School

5000 Warrior Drive, Norton, VA

 

 

Noon-4 p.m.

Indian Path Hospital

Brookside Drive, Kingsport

 

 

 

Thursday 9/3 

Noon-3 p.m.

Sullivan County Highway Department

147 County Hill Road, Blountville

 

 

1-6 p.m.

Food City

207 Woodland Drive SW, Wise, VA 24293

 

 

3-7 p.m.

First Baptist Church

362 Highway 23N, Weber City, VA

Friday 9/4 

8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Virginia High School

1200 Long Crescent Dr. Bristol, VA

 

 

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Rogersville City Hall

106 Kyle St. Rogersville, TN

 

 

2-5 p.m.

Walmart

4331 Highway 665, Rogersville, TN

 

 

Saturday 9/5 

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Julia Davis Collection Center

111 West Stone Drive, Kingsport, TN


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Community work group meetings coming up,and team members are invited to attend

 Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System have begun a series of community meetings to solicit input as the organizations work together to solve some of the region’s most challenging health issues, as part of the proposed merger.

 Team members are invited to attend and offer input, and are encouraged to let others know about the meetings as well. Meetings have been scheduled in Marion, Va., Lebanon, Va., and Wise, Va., as well as in Erwin, Tenn., and more locations are being added as the project progresses. For a complete schedule or to RSVP, visit the “Better Together” website’s Work Group page.

For more information, visit www.becomingbettertogether.org.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Here's the latest schedule of Blood Assurance blood drives

Blood Assurance Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the following locations:

  • Tues., July 28, Lowe’s, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 1340 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, Tenn.
  • Tues., July 28, Ingle’s, 12:30-4 p.m., 768 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, Tenn.
  • Tues., July 28, Elizabethton Twins Stadium, 5:45-8 p.m., Elizabethton
  • Wed., July 29, First Baptist Church, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Elizabethton
  • Thurs., July 30, Ingles, noon-5 p.m., 4470 N. Roan St., Johnson City, Tenn.
  • Thurs., July 30, Rugby Rescue Squad, noon-5 p.m., Mouth of Wilson, Va.
  • Friday, July 31, Abingdon Battle of the Badges, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 425 W. Main St., Abingdon, Va.
  • Mon., Aug. 3, Grace Health Care, 9 a.m.-noon, 600 Walden Rd., Abingdon
  • Mon., Aug. 3, Center on Aging & Health, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 800 South Mohawk, Erwin, Tenn.
  • Tues., Aug. 4, Kirk Heldreth Memorial Blood Drive @ Rural Retreat Fire Dept., 1-6 p.m., 282 Earles Rd., Rural Retreat, Va.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, Johnson Co. Community Hospital, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 1901 South Shady St., Mountain City, Tenn.
  • Wed., Aug. 5, Johnson City Medical Center, 1-6 p.m., Johnson City
  • Wed., Aug. 5, Washington County Public Library, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 205 Oak Hill St., NE Abingdon
  • Thurs., Aug. 6, SW Virginia Training Center, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 160 Training Center Rd, Hillsville, Va.
  • Friday, Aug. 7, People Incorporated, 8 a.m.-noon, 1173 W. Main St., Abingdon
  • Friday, Aug. 7, Chick-fil-A, 9-11 a.m., 753 West Elk Ave., Elizabethton
  • Friday, Aug. 7, Life Care Center of Elizabethton, 12:45-4 p.m., 1641 Hwy. 19-E, Elizabethton

All blood types are needed. Donors with O-negative blood type are especially encouraged to donate as O-negative is the universal blood type, given to patients in an emergency situation when their own blood type is unknown.

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary snack and t-shirt. Donors should eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids -avoiding caffeine- prior to giving blood. 

To schedule a blood drive at a local business, school, church or civic/community organization, please contact:

In Tennessee, Mike Patterson, 423-298-4335, MikePatterson@bloodassurance.org

In Virginia, Whit Morison, 276-525-4273, WhitMorison@bloodassurance.org


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Grief support group at Indian Path HRC starting up in September


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Crumley House Polynesian Beach Party on Aug. 8 a great way to have fun AND support traumatic brain injury patients

 The event, to raise funds for The Crumley House as it assists victims of brain injuries, is set for Saturday, Aug. 8, at the facility in Limestone, Tenn.

 


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Concussion seminar featuring leading national expert set for July 31 in Marion, Va.

 There are two sessions: The morning session for coaches, parents and athletes, and then an afternoon session geared toward physicians and health care professions.

 The seminar is set for Friday, July 31, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Marion Senior High School Auditorium, 848 Stage St., Marion, Va., and will feature Dr. Robert Cantu, director of Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and head of the new Cantu Concussion Center of Emerson Hospital.

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


Friday, June 26, 2015

DCH Foundation Freedom 5k Run/3k Walk set for July 4 in Clintwood, Va.

 CLINTWOOD, Va. – The entire family can enjoy the second annual DCH Foundation Freedom 5K Run/3K Walk and Kids Fun Run to be held July 4 starting at 8 a.m. It is a fundraiser for the Dickenson County Community Hospital Foundation and this year honors our military veterans.

 Registration is at 7 a.m. and the events will start at the walking track across from Kids Corner Park, located near the Food City parking lot on Foxtown Road. Pre-registration is $20 for the 5K or 3K if done by June 26 and $25 after that. The Kids Fun Run is $10 regardless of when you register.

 “This 5K run is fun for the entire family as the course winds its way through picturesque Clintwood, Virginia,” said Bill Farthing, Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving with the Mountain States Foundation. “Still in its infancy, this being the second year, the run celebrates the freedom enjoyed by all Americans and provides public attention to the Dickenson Community Hospital Foundation and the work it has done to provide needed services to the community.”

 The DCH Foundation has benefited various causes at the hospital for the last six years. Last year, the foundation provided funds for a blanket warmer for the emergency department, a Big Wheel stretcher for all patients in the ER, a patient lift system, support for the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon and support for a matching grant to enhance the region with telehealth services. This year’s funds will be used for projects that directly benefit the patients and families at Dickenson Community Hospital.

 After the 5K race, a Kiwanis pancake breakfast will be available for purchase, and is free for participants, courtesy of the DCH Foundation. Free slushies, popcorn, water and Gatorade, along with fruit and breakfast bars will also be available.

 For more information or to register for the race, visit www.runtricities.net/asp/racecal.asp. Registration forms are available online or at the office of Shirley Hawkins at Dickenson Community Hospital in Clintwood.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer blood shortage means Blood Assurance looking for donors

 Warm weather, open pools and family vacations signify that summer has officially arrived. However, summer is one of the toughest seasons for the blood industry. With individuals taking time off of work and schools being out of session, the organization has a decreased pool of available donors. Concurrently, with more people enjoying summer activities, there is a greater usage of emergency blood. This usage has spiked more than normal over the last two weeks as major traumas have plagued the organization’s service areas. 

 Blood Assurance is calling on all available individuals to donate blood at your local donor center or mobile blood drive throughout the Tri-Cities and SW Virginia regions. To register to donate please visit http://www.bloodassurance.org/www/docs/3/where-to-donate. Walk-ins are always welcome; however, preference is given to pre-registered donors. 

 Blood Assurance is a regional, non-profit blood center. With the help of donors, Blood Assurance provides blood products to children in need at Niswonger Children’s Hospital, the region’s only children’s hospital, as well as the majority of blood utilized by Mountain States Health Alliance.

 To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids - avoiding caffeine - and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.

 For more information on Blood Assurance, donating blood or hosting a blood drive, visit www.bloodassurance.org or call 1-800-962-0628.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Care Coordination Town Hall set for June 23 at Millennium Centre

The second Care Coordination Town Hall is set for at The Millennium Centre in Johnson City. This meeting is for primary care physicians, all specialists (surgeons, cardiologists, oncologists, dermatologists, hospitalists, ED physicians, etc.), physicians’ assistants and advanced practice nurses. To register for this free event, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/care-coordination-town-hall-part-2-tickets-17259455496?aff=eivtefrnd 


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

IS to begin inventory on JCMC devices on Thursday, June 11

JCMC team members,

 On Thursday, June 11, Information Services will begin an inventory of all Mountain States IS-supported devices located on the JCMC campus. This effort will take several days and involve very minimal workflow disruption. IS Team Members will be scanning your devices and may ask some questions related to inventory.

What you can do to help IS move more efficiently through your department?

 It should only take a few moments to scan the barcode on your device(s). Please make sure all laptops, tablets or other Mountain States devices are available and in plain sight (ex. not hidden in a desk drawer or forgotten at home). Each item will need to be physically inventoried. They may have a couple of follow-up questions, but other than that, you’ll be able to get back to work in no time!

 Thank you for your time and support in these efforts,

ADOPT IT, Technology Adoption Center


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Niswonger Golf Classic adds more celebrities, including UT's Butch Jones

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic has added four more celebrities to the tournament lineup, including University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones.

 

 The event is set for Monday, June 29, at The Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Va. The latest additions to the lineup include Jones, former NFL standouts Jim Stuckey and Todd Kelly Sr., and pro golfer Len Mattiace.

 

 The tournament, which benefits the region’s only children’s hospital, once again has a stellar lineup of celebrities, including NFL greats Jason Witten, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and Emmitt Smith, among many others.

 

 In conjunction with the golf tournament, a benefit concert featuring The Beach Boys will take place at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville, Tenn., on Sunday, June 28, the night before the golf tournament.

 

 Jones is the popular second-year head coach at UT who led the Vols to a 45-28 win over Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl last season, their first bowl victory since 2007.

 

 Kelly, a defensive end, was a Tennessee Vols standout in the early 1990s and played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons. Last year he was named to the SEC 2014 Football Legends Class. His son, Todd Kelly Jr., currently plays for the Vols. Stuckey was a Clemson University All-America defensive tackle and first-round draft pick who was a member of two Super Bowl championship teams for the 49ers in the 1980s.

 

 Mattiace, a Wake Forest golfing great, is a member of the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour and won the Nissan Open and FedEx St. Jude Classic PGA tournaments in 2002, and was second in the Masters Tournament in 2003.

 

 Singer Darius Rucker as well as a host of former University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech standouts are among the celebrities expected to participate. A limited number of slots are still available for golfers. For more information, call the Mountain States Foundation at 423-302-3131.

 

 The Beach Boys concert on June 28 offers three types of tickets: $100 and $150, depending on seating, and a VIP ParTee ticket that includes special seating plus a pre-concert reception with the golf tournament celebrities. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. (Please note: The Beach Boys will not be attending the VIP reception, only the celebrity golfers for the golf classic the following day.)

 

 For concert tickets and VIP reception tickets, call the NPAC box office at 423-638-1679 or visit www.npacgreeneville.com. For more information on the golf tournament, visit www.Niswongergolf.org.


Friday, June 5, 2015

'Celebrate Life Day' set for Tuesday, June 9, at JC Senior Center

Celebrate Life Day

Johnson City Senior Center

Tuesday, June 9, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Schedule for the Day

9-9:15 a.m.

Breakfast and Welcoming Remarks Patty Altman, RN and Gayle Hawley, RN, BSN, and Certified Oncology Nurse

9:20-9:50 a.m.

“What is Next after Cancer?” by Kevin Blake, Nurse Practitioner and Certified Oncology Nurse

9:55-10:25 a.m.

“A Caretaker`s Journey” by Amy Belcher, RN, Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse

Break – 10:25-10:30 a.m.

10:30-11:10 a.m.

“Express Yourself” with Kristen Colson, Masters Art Therapist with MSHA

             

11:15 a.m.-noon

 “Lessons Learned” with Georgita Washington, PhD, RN-BC, MSN

Lunch – Noon-12:40 p.m.

12:40-1 p.m.

Closing Remarks and door prizes Stacy Davis, RN, BSN, Certified Oncology Nurse


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Covered Bridge 5K Run/3K Walk coming up June 13

 ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – The annual Covered Bridge 5K Run and 3K Walk benefiting Sycamore Shoals Hospital Foundation is set for Saturday, June 13, at 8 a.m. Parking and registration will be located in the heart of downtown at the City Hall parking lot on Hattie Avenue between Riverside and Sycamore streets. Both races will finish at the same location after crossing through the historic covered bridge.

 All proceeds from the race benefit the SSH Foundation, which helps to fund needed equipment, supplies and programs for Sycamore Shoals Hospital. Last year, more than 400 people participated and nearly $12,000 was raised for patient needs at SSH.

 Participants can pre-register for the race through June 5 at www.werunevents.com or at www.mshafoundation.org/events/covered-bridge-run.

 The discounted early registration fee for the Covered Bridge run is $20 through June 5, and $25 from June 6 through race day. Moisture-wicking, technical T-shirts are guaranteed for pre-registrants, and will be available, while supplies last, for those registering after June 5.

 Late registration for both events and packet pick-up for pre-registered participants will be held on Friday, June 12, from 5-7 p.m. and on race day from 6:30-7:30 a.m. at the City Hall parking lot on Hattie Avenue.

After the race, awards will be given at the Covered Bridge Festival stage for the top overall male and female runners and also for the top three runners in each age group.  The race is sponsored by Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Citi, Watauga Lakeshore Marina and Resort, and CenturyLink. For more information, contact Sharon Sheppard at (423) 542-1338 or at sheppardsf@msha.com.


Monday, June 1, 2015

Be aware of malicious emails in your inbox

ADVISORY

Potential Action Required

Date & Time

 5/23/2015

Duration

 NA

Application / System Affected

 Email

Facility / Location Impacted

 All facilities

Action Required

 Exercise caution with emails

CM Ticket Number

NA

 

Contact Information

IS Customer Service: 423-431-6290 / MSHAHelpdesk@msha.com

Additional Information 

MSHA team members may receive a malicious email that resembles the following:

 

Dear Account User,

Your password will expire in Few days time, kindly click LOGON to update your old password and automatically upgrade to the latest e-mail Outlook Web Apps 2015.


If the password is not updated today, your account will be suspended in less than 12 hours

Administrator Help Desk
Connected with Microsoft Exchange
© 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved

 

Please ignore the email above and do not click on the link to logon or reset passwords (MSHA IT has disabled this web address). If you receive this email, please delete it immediately.

 

Carefully examine all emails you receive, particularly those requesting you to click on Internet links or reset accounts. Malicious emails are very common and they may be difficult to distinguish from valid ones.

 

Some things to look for that may distinguish malicious emails:

  • Emails from senders that you do not recognize
  • Requests to reset accounts you have never used or created
  • Emails with poor grammar, punctuation, or spelling (as in the one above)
  • You can hover your mouse over the hyperlinks and see what web site it is redirecting you to, and whether that site is valid

 

These are not hard and fast rules. Some emails are very well crafted and may not appear to be dangerous. The steps above are some very simple methods to locate the most obvious ones. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Service Desk at 423.431.6290.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Coordination of Care town hall set for June 1

A Care Coordination Town Hall meeting will be held June 1 at The Millennium Centre in Johnson City for all primary care physicians, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants from internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics and ob/gyn. The deadline for registration has been extended beyond the original May 20 date. For more information contact Michele Delawder at DelawderPM@MSHA.com or register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/care-coordination-town-hall-tickets-16725246663.

 


Monday, May 25, 2015

Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride set for May 30 to benefit cancer patients

The annual Hope on Wheels fundraider motorcycle run is coming up May 30!

 

 

 


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Check out this noon presentation via Lync on your computer: 'Embracing Change with a Positive Attitude,' on May 21

A Fit4Life presentation called "Embracing Change with a Positive Attitude" will be given on Thursday, May 21, at noon via Lync on your computer. It will be presented by Marsha Litton-Baker of the Mountain States EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

 To get Lync access to the presentation, contact your HR representative.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Camp Courage, JOURNEY 2015 will help kids deal with grief

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – When a child loses a loved one, the grieving process can be complex and sometimes very different from the way adults cope. To help children and teens who have recently lost a loved one, Mountain States Hospice offers its Camp Courage program, and this year the camp has been expanded into two different events at Munsey United Methodist Church.

Both are free, one-day camps and are joint projects with Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

  • June 23JOURNEY 2015, a new addition, is just for teens who are high school age. It will be held from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration deadline is June 2.
  • July 21Camp Courage is for kids in grades K-8 and will also run from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration must be received by June 30.

“Grief is a difficult process for anyone, including children,” said April Collins, MSW, social worker for Mountain States Hospice. “Children go through the stages of grief just like adults do, but they act out their grief in a completely different way. It’s not always obvious that certain behaviors are part of the grieving process.”

It’s difficult for children to put their feelings into words, so counselors will help campers express their emotions through drawings and other expressive media. Parents will receive a take-home packet with a letter describing what their child experienced that day and contact information for various resources that can help with ongoing counseling if necessary.

At JOURNEY 2015, teens will be able to explore various methods of expressing their grief, including art, writing, and physical activity. Participants will have a chance to look at where they have been in their lives as far as their emotional experiences are concerned, and work to figure out where they want to go as they consider their road map to healing.

Camp Courage, for K-8, uses storytelling, games, art and relaxation to help kids work through their feelings.

Being with peers who are going through the same thing can be extremely beneficial, Collins said.

“Sometimes children hold back when their parents are around, and they don’t interact and express what they want to,” she said. “It’s important to let them have their own identity and deal with this process in their own way.”

These camps are led by professional grief counselors and trained professionals including social workers, child life specialists and spiritual counselors. These volunteers have experience working with children in hospice, school and individual counseling settings.

For more information, call Anna Butler, chaplain at Mountain States Hospice, at 423-431-6146, or email ButlerAM@msha.com.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wellmont, Mountain States name members of joint board task force

 Wellmont and Mountain States leaders have appointed a joint board task force as work continues to explore the creation of a new, integrated and locally governed health system.

 The joint board task force is a committee of the two boards acting as a liaison and providing information and guidance about developments in the transaction exploration process. Totaling 14 members, the task force is composed of an equal number of representatives appointed by the Mountain States and Wellmont boards. The members represent a cross section of regional and physician leadership from the community, incorporating those with experience in governance, administration, business and strategy – both in health care and in the business community.

 The group is primarily responsible for providing a conduit to the existing boards of directors about the progress being made as the two systems undertake due diligence and transaction analysis and purse a potential definitive agreement. 

 Wellmont’s joint board task force members are:

  • Dr. Nelson Gwaltney, Bristol, a member of the Wellmont board of directors, president of Highlands Physicians Inc. and a general surgeon on the medical staff of Bristol Regional Medical Center;
  • Bart Hove, Kingsport, president and CEO of Wellmont Health System;
  • Roger Leonard, Bristol, chair of the Wellmont board of directors and a senior adviser to England & Company;
  • Roger K. Mowen Jr., Kingsport, a member of the Wellmont board of directors and retired senior vice president of global developing businesses and corporate strategy for Eastman Chemical Company;
  • Dr. Doug Springer, Kingsport, a gastroenterologist on the medical staff of Holston Valley Medical Center, a member of the Wellmont board of directors and immediate past president of the Tennessee Medical Association;
  • Dr. David Thompson, Bristol, an internal medicine physician with Wellmont Medical Associates in Bristol, who also practices in Abingdon, Va., and is a Wellmont board member and chairman of the Wellmont Medical Associates board of directors; and
  • Keith Wilson, Kingsport, who owns a secondary residence and a farm in Scott County, Va., a member of the Wellmont board of directors, publisher of the Kingsport Times-News and president of Northeast Tennessee Media Group. 

 

 Mountain States’ joint board task force members are:

  • Barbara Allen, Johnson City, chair of the Mountain States board of directors and general manager of Stowaway Storage, a family-owned business in Johnson City;
  • Bob Feathers, Kingsport, a member of the Mountain States board of directors and president and CEO of Workspace Interiors, Inc.;
  • Alan Levine, Johnson City, president and CEO of Mountain States;
  • Dr. David May, Elizabethton, a member of the Mountain States board of directors and immediate past president of the medical staff at Sycamore Shoals Hospital;
  • Dr. Rick Moulton, Johnson City, medical director of clinical integration for State of Franklin Healthcare Associates and chairman of the SoFHA patient centered medical home committee;
  • Gary Peacock, Marion, Va., a member of the Mountain States board of directors, former chair of the Smyth County Community Hospital board of directors, and retired senior vice president of Royal Mouldings; and
  • Clem Wilkes, Jr. Johnson City, a member of the Mountain States board of directors and co-manager of Citizens Investment Services, a subsidiary of Citizens Bank Tri-Cities. 

 From now until the potential transaction closes, Wellmont and Mountain States will remain separate and independent organizations, conducting “business as usual.” Their respective boards of directors continue to govern the operations of each health system separately and independently, until all regulatory approvals have been granted and the merger is complete. 

 A board for the new proposed system will be appointed prior to the completion of the merger.

 “During this current phase, our primary focus is on due diligence, confirming the transaction’s potential for substantial cost-savings, quality-of-care enhancements and other community benefits, pursuing a definitive agreement and laying the groundwork for creating the new system,” Hove said. “The joint board task force and integration council will focus on preparing for what we expect will be a highly successful integration. Once the new health system is formed post-closing, a new board will take over the responsibility for governance and overseeing the implementation of an exciting vision for the future of health care in this region, which will be crafted with significant input from our physicians, team members and the community.”

 “Some of the tasks before us include due diligence, a more detailed analysis and quantification of the transaction’s substantial benefits for the community, culture and governance audits and preparations for crafting our application for a certificate of public advantage in Tennessee and a similar approval in Virginia,” Levine said. “We view the certificate of public advantage and the regulatory process as an important memorialization of our commitment to the people of this region, and we’re excited to begin working toward that goal.  We are definitely committed to seeking public input, and this is the next order of business.”

For more information, visit www.becomingbettertogether.org.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Blood drives scheduled around the area

Blood Assurance Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, May 6, Virginia Highlands Community College, 10:00a-2:00p, Abingdon, VA
  • Wednesday, May 6, Johnson City Medical Center, 10:00a-3:00p, Johnson City, TN
  • Thursday, May 7, Walmart, 11:30a-4:30p, 13245 Lee Hwy, Bristol, VA
  • Thursday, May 7, Appalachian Christian Village – Pine Oaks, 9:15a-11:00a, Johnson City, TN
  • Thursday, May 7, Appalachian Christian Village – Sherwood, 12:45p-3:00p, Johnson City, TN
  • ** Special Mother’s Day T- Shirt ** Friday, May 8, East Lawn Funeral Home, 9:00a-4:00p, 4997 Memorial Blvd., Kingsport, TN
  • Saturday, May 9, Sulphur Springs Baptist Church, 8:00a-11:30a, 1567 Gray/Sulphur Springs Rd., Jonesborough, TN  
  • Monday, May 11, Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, 11:30a-4:30p, Erwin, TN
  • Monday, May 11, Smyth County Government, 10:00a-3:00p, 121 Bagley Cr., Marion, VA
  • Wednesday, May 13, Woodland Hills Christian Church, 9:00a-2:00p, Abingdon, VA
  • Wednesday, May 13, CSX Health Fair – Erwin Armory, 9:00a-2:00p, Erwin, TN
  • Friday, May 15, Word of Victory Baptist Church, 11:00a-5:00p, 15300 US Hwy. 19, Lebanon, VA
  • Saturday, May 16, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 8:00a-12:00n, Johnson City, TN
  • Monday, May 18, Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 11:00a-4:00p, Galax, VA
  • Monday, May 18, Walmart, 11:00a-4:00p, Elizabethton, TN
  • Tuesday, May 19, ACT – Fairview, 9:00a-5:00p, Johnson City, TN
  • Tuesday, May 19, Food City, 9:00a-11:00a, Marion, VA
  • Tuesday, May 19, Marion Mold & Tool, 1:00p-4:00p, Marion, VA
  • Wednesday, May 20, Johnson City Medical Center, 9:30a-4:00p, Johnson City, TN
  • Wednesday, May 20, Magnolia Parkdale, 10:00a-3:00p, 1 Advanced Technology Dr., Hillsville, VA
  • Thursday, May 21, ACT – Fairview, 9:00a-5:00p, Johnson City, TN
  • Thursday, May 21, Department of Environmental Quality, 9:00a-12:00n, 335 Deadmore St., Abingdon, VA
  • Friday, May 22, People Inc., 8:00a-11:00a, Abingdon, VA
  • Friday, May 22, Highlands Union Bank, 1:00p-4:00p, Abingdon, VA

All blood types are needed. Donors with O-negative blood type are especially encouraged to donate as O-negative is the universal blood type, given to patients in an emergency situation when their own blood type is unknown.

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary snack and t-shirt. Donors should eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids -avoiding caffeine- prior to giving blood. 

To schedule a blood drive at a local business, school, church or civic/community organization, please contact:

In Tennessee, Mike Patterson, 423-298-4335, MikePatterson@bloodassurance.org

In Virginia, Whit Morison, 276-525-4273, WhitMorison@bloodassurance.org


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Health info, food, fun, prizes all part of Mother & Child Expo May 7

 ABINGDON, Va. – Johnston Memorial Hospital and Niswonger Children’s Hospital are hosting a free Mother & Child Expo on Thursday, May 7, from 4-7 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center for parents-to-be, parents of small children and their families.

 The event will include health and wellness demonstrations, children’s activities, snacks, door prizes and much more! Participants can visit vendor exhibits featuring health, wellness and family-friendly retail products and services onsite. Local health care providers will present educational sessions covering pregnancy, childbirth, and infant and children health issues.

 Children can meet local heroes such as police, and fire and rescue workers, and explore their vehicles at the outdoor Heroes Station. Free car seat safety checks and children’s fingerprinting also will be available.

 The grand door prize for one lucky winner is a $250 Food Country gift card sponsored by Food Country USA. For more information, call 276-258-4560.


Friday, April 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kingsport Health Expo & Walk For Wellness coming up April 25

 KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The inaugural Kingsport Health Expo & Walk For Wellness will take place Saturday, April 25, at 8 a.m. at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield St. Mountain States’ Health Resources Center will be part of the event, which will offer free health screens, interactive health stations, free prizes and the Walk for Wellness.

 The event is part of the Healthy Kingsport initiative promoting wellness, and the theme is “The movement starts with YOU!”

 Check-in is at 8 a.m. at the chamber. The Walk For Wellness will take place until 11:30 a.m., with a distance of less than a mile. The expo will last from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Activities include a farmers’ market and live music by Model City Wrecking Crew.

For more information or to register, visit HealthyKingsport.org. Sign up now for the Walk For Wellness and a chance to win an Apple watch.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Youth talent lineup set for 'Broadway Comes to Greeneville’ on April 25

 GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Niswonger Children’s Hospital’s annual Broadway-style benefit concert is coming up April 25, and the youth talent lineup has been selected following auditions around the region. The winners will perform onstage along with four Broadway professionals.

 The event, put on by Mountain States Foundation and presenting sponsor Consumer Credit Union, will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25, $30 or $35 depending on the seating section.

 Formerly known as “One Singular Sensational Evening,” the production features performances by Broadway professionals David Elder, Gary Mauer, Elizabeth Southard and Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel, as well as by local youth talent.

 “We really have a terrific Broadway cast and it is such a superb performance. It’s a great event for the children’s hospital,” said Cookie McKinney, manager for Children’s Initiatives at Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

 Five featured student performers and 14 ensemble cast members will perform at the show. They were chosen through a series of youth auditions held at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Sullins Academy Music Room in Bristol, Va., and at Tusculum College’s Annie Hogan Bird Theatre, Greeneville.

 One of the five featured youth performers will be chosen as this year’s talent search overall winner. Featured performers are:

  • Jackson Beddingfield, Eastview Elementary School
  • James “Davis” Hayman, Science Hill High School
  • Alexis Heath, Hunter Elementary School
  • Maya Lee Lowery, Emmett Elementary School
  • Rachel Locke, Virginia High School

 The youth ensemble includes: Kailee Amburgey, David Crockett High School; Emma Baxter, Lake Ridge Elementary School; Ruth Cinnamon, Jefferson Elementary School; Madeline Howe, Dobyns-Bennett High School; Grace Johnson, His Way Christian Academy; Noah Johnson, His Way Christian Academy; LeeAnn Mazzei, University School; Madison McClelland, Providence Academy; Baleigh McKeehan, Fairmont Elementary School; Mary Catherine Morrell, Sullins Academy; Catherine Phillips, University School; Tiffany Reinhardt, Grandview Elementary School; Kasi-Samantha Russell, Home School; Ellie Morgan Walters, Indian Trail Intermediate School; and Reilly Wild-Williams, University School.

 “My heartfelt thanks to our kids, their parents, our Broadway stars, our sponsors, our volunteers and all our guests,” McKinney said. “It will be a memorable evening for everyone and for Niswonger Children’s Hospital!”

 For more information or to purchase tickets, call NPAC at 423-638-1679 or visit www.NPACgreeneville.com, or call Mountain States Foundation at 423-302-3131.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Operation Rx Disposal taking place on Saturday, April 11, to safely dispose of unneeded medications

 If you or someone you know has unused or unnecessary medications around the house, this weekend is the time to get rid of them in a safe manner through Operation Rx Disposal, set for Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Washington County Anti-Drug Coalition is sponsoring several drop boxes for the operation so people can drop off old medications:

  • Johnson City Police Station parking lot, contact 877-366-7593 x 0
  • Jonesborough Fire Hall, contact 877-366-7593 x 0
  • Elizabethton Chamber of Commerce, 500 Hwy 19E, Angie Hagaman 423-439-7532
  • Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, 140 Blountville Bypass, Alice McCaffrey 423-742-2991
  • Bristol Police Department, 801 Anderson St., Alice McCaffrey 423-742-2991
  • Greeneville Water Commission, 516 N. Main St.

JOHNSON COUNTY (contact Angie Dickens 423-727-0709)

  • Mountain City Town Hall
  • Trade Fire Department
  • Laurel Bloomery Fire Department
  • Butler Fire Department
  • Shady Valley Fire Department

And remember the alliance’s safety motto about keeping up with prescriptions:

  1. COUNT IT! Every 2 weeks
  2. LOCK IT! Keep it safe and secure.
  3. DROP IT! At a disposal event or drop box

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Wellmont, Mountain States name members of integration council

 As Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance proceed with plans for integrating the two organizations, they have selected members of a committee that will help direct this multi-tiered process. The two not-for-profit companies announced on Thursday, April 2, that they have agreed to explore the creation of a new, integrated and locally governed health system. The systems have now entered a due diligence period and are working to develop a definitive agreement.

 This agreement will be followed by a process to obtain, among other regulatory requirements, Tennessee and Virginia approvals of the merger, which will likely take through the end of 2015.

 One of the first elements of the process is the selection of an integration council. This group of executive and physician leaders is the working group charged with overseeing pre-merger planning. The integration council will have an equal number of representatives from Wellmont and Mountain States and make its recommendations to the joint board task force, which is the governing group that will consist of leaders from each health system.

 The Wellmont council members are:

  • Eric Deaton, executive vice president and chief operating officer
  • Alice Pope, executive vice president and chief financial officer
  • Todd Norris, senior vice president for system advancement
  • Gary Miller, senior vice president of legal affairs and general counsel
  • Dr. Dale Sargent, system medical director for hospitalist services and former chief medical officer

Wellmont still has one physician slot to fill.

 The Mountain States council members are:

  • Marvin Eichorn, executive vice president and chief operating officer
  • Dr. Morris Seligman, executive vice president and chief medical officer
  • Lynn Krutak, senior vice president and chief financial officer
  • Tony Keck, senior vice president and chief development officer
  • Tim Belisle, senior vice president and general counsel
  • Dr. Sandra Brooks, a system board member and vice president of Watauga Pathology Associates

 “We are excited to be taking the first steps in the integration planning process with our counterparts at Wellmont,” said Alan Levine, Mountain States' president and CEO. “Both organizations have assembled a team of talented and knowledgeable leaders, and their focus is now on putting the pieces in place for a definitive agreement.”

 “These are outstanding members of our organizations, and they will play an important role in developing a plan for integration of the new health system that will further advance the quality of care in our region,” said Bart Hove, Wellmont’s president and CEO. “These are exciting times for Wellmont, but we still have much work to complete in the process of planning how the organizations will integrate, once we obtain all legal clearances. But we are pleased to be making tremendous progress as we move forward on this beneficial initiative.”

 Among other tasks, the council will conduct a cultural assessment and ensure proper due diligence is conducted. The council will also coordinate the process for the attainment of the certificate of public advantage in Tennessee and similar administrative approval from Virginia.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Give blood and save lives! See Blood Assurance blood drive dates here

Blood Assurance Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the following locations:

  • Monday, March 23, Food City, 1:30p-4:30p, 396 Towne Center Dr., Abingdon, VA
  • Tuesday, March 24, ACT, 9:00a-5:00p, 2238 E. Fairview Ave., Johnson City, TN
  • Tuesday, March 24, Abingdon High School, 8:00a-3:00p, Abingdon, VA
  • Wednesday, March 25, ACT, 9:00a-5:00p, 2238 E. Fairview Ave, Johnson City, TN
  • Thursday, March 26, Center on Aging and Health, 11:00a-4:00p, Erwin, TN
  • Friday, March 27, Johnson City Medical Center,7:00a-12:00n, Johnson City, TN
  • Tuesday, March 31, ACT, 9:00a-5:00p, 3043 Boones Creek Rd., Johnson City, TN
  • Tuesday, March 31, Russell County Medical Center, 12:00n-5:00p, Lebanon, VA
  • Wednesday, April 1, Woodland Hills Christian Church, 3:30p-7:30p, 16173 Elementary Dr., Abingdon, VA
  • Wednesday, April 1, ACT, 9:00a-5:00p, 3043 Boones Creek Rd., Johnson City, TN
  • Thursday, April 2, Crown Laboratories Inc., 7:00a-12:00n, 349 Lafe Cox Dr., Johnson City, TN
  • Friday, April 3, Lowe’s – Elizabethton, 12:00n-5:00p, Elizabethton, TN
  • Friday, April 3, Medical Services of America Home Health & Hospice, 11:00a-4:00p, 174 Kents Ridge Rd., Richlands, VA
  • Monday, April 6, Ingles, 12:00n-5:00p, 1200 W. Jackson Blvd., Jonesborough, TN
  • Tuesday, April 7, Johnson County Community Hospital, 11:00a-4:00p, Mountain City, TN
  • Tuesday, April 7, Food City, 8:30a-10:30a, Damascus, VA
  • Tuesday, April 7, Columbus McKinnon, 12:15p-4:00p, Damascus, VA
  • Wednesday, April 8, Southwestern VA. Training Center, 10:00a-3:00p, Hillsville, VA
  • Friday, April 10, Unicoi County Sherriff’s Department, 10:00a-3:00p, Erwin, TN

All blood types are needed. Donors with O-negative blood type are especially encouraged to donate as O-negative is the universal blood type, given to patients in an emergency situation when their own blood type is unknown.

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary snack and t-shirt. Donors should eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids -avoiding caffeine- prior to giving blood. 

To schedule a blood drive at a local business, school, church or civic/community organization, please contact:

In Tennessee, Mike Patterson, 423-298-4335, MikePatterson@bloodassurance.org

In Virginia, Whit Morison, 276-525-4273, WhitMorison@bloodassurance.org


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Niswonger Children's Hospital CEO Steven Godbold named secretary/treasurer for statewide organization

 Niswonger Children’s Hospital CEO/VP Steven Godbold has been unanimously elected as secretary/treasurer on the Children’s Hospital Alliance of Tennessee (CHAT) Board for 2015. CHAT is an organization that advocates for children and provides a conduit for Steven Godboldchildren’s hospitals to collaborate on quality and safety measures.

 The CHAT Board unanimously elected Luke Gregory as chairman. Gregory is the CEO of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

 Godbold received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He has nearly 20 years of experience in health care.

 Before moving to Tennessee in 2010, he served as chief financial officer for the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital. 

 Godbold is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a Fellow of the Advisory Board Company and a graduate of the South Carolina Hospital Association Management Academy and the Medical University of South Carolina Trustee Leadership Academy.  He also completed an Executive Education course in Healthcare Delivery Systems at Harvard Business School.

 Godbold serves on the national Children’s Hospital Association Multi-state Medicaid Workgroup. He recently received the “40 Under 40” award for emerging stars from the Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia.

 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Enhanced visitation restrictions due to flu volumes have now been lifted

 Mountain States has lifted its enhanced visitation restrictions, asking that children 12 and under not visit, that were implemented in January when we had an extremely high volume of flu cases. But because the number of flu cases has dropped dramatically over the last few weeks at our hospitals, the restrictions are now lifted.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Postponed youth audition for "Broadway Comes to Greeneville" rescheduled for March 4 at ETSU

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- The recently postponed youth talent audition for "Broadway Comes to Greeneville" has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Mathes Hall, Room 107, at East Tennessee State University.

 The ETSU audition was originally scheduled for Feb. 18 before bad weather forced it to be postponed..

 Other upcoming auditions are set for March 11, 5:30 p.m., at Sullins Academy Music Room, Bristol, Va., and March 18, 5:30 p.m., at Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tenn., Annie Hogan Bird Theatre.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Niswonger Children's Hospital Radiothon coming up March 2-3!

 The Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon is coming up March 2-3 and this year it will be bigger and better than ever, broadcasting live from not one location but three – Niswonger Children’s Hospital as well as Johnston Memorial Hospital and Indian Path Medical Center.

 If you want to support the region’s only children’s hospital, you can call in during the radiothon to make a donation, or click here to donate online or see how you can pledge via text. Let’s make this the best radiothon yet!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Barter extends MSHA Team Night due to the weather

 ABINGDON, Va. -- Given the changes in people’s schedules brought about by the weather, Barter Theatre is expanding MSHA’s “team night” tomorrow (Feb 19) to MSHA team day.

 For Feb 19 only, MSHA employees may purchase an unlimited number of tickets at the $12 rate for the 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances of “Anything Goes” AND “The Road to Appomattox.” Please reserve your seats by calling the Barter Theatre box office at 276-628-3991.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Blood Assurance has blood drives scheduled throughout the region in February, March

 The snow has significantly decreased Blood Assurance's ability to receive blood donations. Their Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, Feb.18, Johnson City Medical Center, 8:00a-2:00p, Johnson City, TN
  • Friday, Feb. 20, MSHA Mt-ITC, 8:30a-10:00a, Johnson City, TN
  • Friday, Feb. 20, Life Care Center of Elizabethton, noon-4:00p, 1641 Hwy. 19-E, Elizabethton, TN
  • Friday, Feb. 20, Abingdon High School, 8:00a-3:00p, Abingdon, VA
  • Monday, Feb. 23, Walmart – Elizabethton, 8:30a-11:15a, Elizabethton, TN
  • Monday, Feb. 23, Hillview Health Center, 1:00p-3:00p, Elizabethton, TN
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24, Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 11:00a-4:00p, Galax, VA
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 13 Heritage Dr., Bristol, VA
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 100 Cannongate Rd., Kingsport, TN
  • Thursday, Feb. 26, Smyth County Community Hospital, 11:00a-4:00p, Marion, VA
  • Thursday, Feb. 26, Lowe’s, 180 Marketplace Blvd., 1:00p-5:00p Johnson City, TN
  • Friday, Feb. 27, MSHA CBO Office, 10:00a-3:00p, 1725 W. Market St., Johnson City, TN
  • Friday, Feb. 27, Heartwood, 11:00a-4:00p, Abingdon, VA
  • Monday, March 2, Ingle’s, noon-5:00p, 768 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN
  • Monday, March 2, Highlands Union Bank, 10:00a-3:00p, 341 W. Main St.,  Abingdon, VA
  • Tuesday, March 3, Danny Herman Trucking, 339 Cold Springs Rd., Mountain City, TN
  • Wednesday, March 4, Virginia Highlands Community College, 10:00a-3:00p, Abingdon, VA
  • Wednesday, March 4, Food City, noon-5:00p, 125 Judge Gresham Rd., Johnson City, TN
  • Thursday, March 5, Food City, 1:00p-4:00p, 145 Lee Hwy., Chilhowie, VA
  • Thursday, March 5, Food City, noon-5:00p, 1921 Hwy. 394, Blountville, TN
  • Friday, March 6, Walmart, noon-5:00p, 3111 Brown’s Mill Rd., Johnson City, TN
  • Friday, March 6, Washington Co. Public Library, Abingdon, VA

All blood types are needed. Donors with O-negative blood type are especially encouraged to donate as O-negative is the universal blood type, given to patients in an emergency situation when their own blood type is unknown.

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary snack and t-shirt. Donors should eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids -avoiding caffeine- prior to giving blood.  

To schedule a blood drive at a local business, school, church or civic/community organization, please contact:

In Tennessee, Mike Patterson, 423-298-4335, MikePatterson@bloodassurance.org

In Virginia, Whit Morison, 276-525-4273, WhitMorison@bloodassurance.org


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Healthcare Exchange Navigation Assistance event set for Feb. 14 at JCMC

The event will take place in the main lobby from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14.


Friday, February 6, 2015

URGENT! New Outlook app for iOS and Android to be blocked due to security risks

 Urgent: Microsoft's new Outlook app for iOS and Android mobile devices will be blocked this afternoon, Friday, Feb. 6, due to increased security risk. Users should uninstall and remove all data including remote data.

 


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Shop Talbots on Feb. 12 and support Niswonger Children’s Hospital

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Talbots, a women’s clothing store in the Peerless Center on North Roan Street, is donating 10 percent of every sale on Thursday, Feb. 12, to Niswonger Children’s Hospital. So do some Valentine’s shopping next Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and help the kids!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Blood Assurance Blood Drives coming up throughout the region

 Blood Assurance Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 3, Virginia Highlands Community College, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Abingdon, Va.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 3, Peterson Family Health Care, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Erwin, Tenn.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 4, Woodland Hills Christian Church, 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Abingdon
  • Wednesday, Feb. 4, Crown Laboratories Inc., 7 a.m.-noon, Johnson City, Tenn.
  • Thursday, Feb. 5, Northeast State Community College 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Elizabethton
  • Thursday, Feb. 5, Southwestern Va. Training Center, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Hillsville, Va.
  • Friday, Feb. 6, Walgreens, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 4210 N. Roan St., Johnson City
  • Monday, Feb. 9, Milligan College, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Milligan College, Tenn.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 10, ETSU Culp Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Johnson City
  • Wednesday, Feb. 11, ETSU Culp Center, 10: a-5: p, Johnson City
  • Thursday, Feb. 12, MSHA ITC, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Johnson City
  • Thursday, Feb. 12, MSHA Accounting & Payroll, 1:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m., Johnson City
  • Thursday, Feb. 12, Emory & Henry College, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Emory, Va.
  • Friday, Feb. 13, Valley Health Care, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Chilhowie, Va.

 All blood types are needed. Donors with O-negative blood type are especially encouraged to donate as O-negative is the universal blood type, given to patients in an emergency situation when their own blood type is unknown.

 Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary snack and t-shirt. Donors should eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids -avoiding caffeine- prior to giving blood. 

 To schedule a blood drive at a local business, school, church or civic/community organization, please contact:

 In Tennessee, Mike Patterson, 423-298-4335, MikePatterson@bloodassurance.org

 In Virginia, Whit Morison, 276-525-4273, WhitMorison@bloodassurance.org


Friday, January 30, 2015

Fit4Life presentation on mental illness offered via Lync on Wednesday, Feb. 4

The Employee Assistance Program will give a Fit4Life presentation on “Mental Illness: An Understanding of Depression, Mania and Schizophrenia,” facilitated by Marsha Baker, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at noon.

The presentation will be available via Lync. For access, contact your HR representative so you can receive information to connect to the presentation.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Public Health Forum set for Friday, Feb. 6, at The Millennium Centre

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Tri-Cities Community Health Forum will be held at The Millennium Centre on Friday, Feb. 6, from 8-10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but preregistration is encouraged. Click here.   

 This is an opportunity to hear from some of the region’s leading business and healthcare leaders about the health status of our region and its impact on our economic and overall quality of life.

 

 The forum will focus on three key areas:

  1. A statistical snapshot of the health of the state, including the eight-county area of Northeast Tennessee;
  2. A discussion of how the region’s health status poses a threat to future economic opportunity, quality of life, and to state and local financial resources;
  3. Exploring how to improve the region’s health profile by local solutions involving health, business, political and civic leadership, innovative policies, and increased access to care.

 

 Speakers and panelists, in order of appearance, will include:

  • Dr. Brian Noland, President, ETSU
  • Keynote speaker Jerry Caldwell, GM and Executive VP, Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Dr. Randy Wykoff, Dean, ETSU College of Public Health
  • “Risk to Tennessee” panel comprising: Dr. Amanda Dove, Family Physician, Wellmont Health System, Rogersville, Tenn.; Perry Stuckey, Senior VP and Chief HR Officer, Eastman Chemical Company; Mark Kinser, Executive VP at General Shale; Mitch Miller, CEO, Washington County Economic Development Council; and Linda Buck, President and CEO, Rural Health Consortium
  • Rick Johnson, CEO, Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness
  • Dr. Teresa Kidd, CEO, Frontier Health
  • Richard Venable, Sullivan County Mayor
  • Alan Levine, CEO, Mountain States, with concluding remarks

Friday, January 9, 2015

EAP to give Fit4Life presentation on Jan. 14 via Lync on 'Making and Keeping New Year's Resolutions'

Do you sometimes make New Year’s resolutions but have trouble sticking with them? That’s a common problem. For some good advice, tune in on Wednesday, Jan. 14, when the Mountain States Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will give a Fit4Life presentation, presented by Marsha Litton-Baker, called “Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions.”

The presentation will be via Lync from noon-1 p.m. Contact your HR representative to get the Lync information you need to hear the presentation.

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