Health Resources Center opens in Kingsport
KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The Indian Path Medical Center (IPMC) Health Resources Center
(HRC) is now open in Kingsport, offering free health classes and screening services to residents in surrounding communities.
Located in the Kingsport Town Center on the upper level next to JCPenney, the HRC is staffed by registered nurses who are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday to answer questions, provide free blood pressure and weight checks, and help connect visitors to the health-related resources they need.
"When they walk in the door, they'll get a friendly greeting from our nurse or one of our outreach partners," said Laurel McKinney, a registered nurse and manager of the Kingsport HRC. "We can answer pretty much any type of health question for all ages, and if we don't know the answer, we can find the right resource to help the patient get the information they need."
The Kingsport HRC held a ribbon cutting on Thursday with Mayor Dennis Phillips, St. Rep. Tony Shipley and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce representatives in attendance. A grand opening celebration for the public will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with refreshments, live music, and goody bags.
A variety of classes will be offered at the HRC on an ongoing basis, frequently led by physicians and other clinical experts from Indian Path Medical Center.
"We are excited to have the opportunity to serve and interact with the community in this way," said Monty McLaurin, CEO of Indian Path. "This new resource will give folks an opportunity to meet some of our best caregivers and take advantage of their knowledge and skill in a relaxed, convenient environment."
Class topics coming up in December include diabetes management during the holidays, the latest information on women's health imaging, the health benefits of caring for pets, making edible holiday gifts, and more. For a complete list of HRC classes, visit www.msha.com/hrc. All classes and many screenings are offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required. To register or to get more information about any HRC class, call 1-800-888-5551.
About Mountain States Health Alliance
Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children's hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services as well as a comprehensive medical management corporation. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. For more information, visit www.msha.com.