Film showcases JCMC, history of local health care


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC) has been in its current location for three decades. But its roots date all the way back to 1911, when Memorial Hospital opened in a small house on East Fairview Avenue.

A new documentary, titled "How Love Works: Johnson City Medical Center, Celebrating a Century of Caring," will showcase the entire history of JCMC, airing on WJHL-TV 11 on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m.

While JCMC is the primary focus of the film, viewers will find that the hospital's history is the city's history. The documentary will take viewers from the late 19th century all the way to today, showcasing the changes that have occurred in health care in our region.

The film includes interviews with people who have been involved with the hospital for many years, including nurses, physicians and administrative team members. It also includes many rarely seen photos, as well as little-known facts about how JCMC came to be the flagship hospital of Mountain States Health Alliance.

"It's amazing to see how far health care has come over the last century," said Dennis Vonderfecht, president and chief executive officer of Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA), JCMC's parent company. "Advances in medical science and technology have greatly expanded our ability to treat injuries and cure disease, but there is one thing that has not changed at all: True healing comes through the compassionate relationships that caregivers form with their patients. Loving care was what patients needed 100 years ago, and that is what our team members are still providing today." 

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